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Bruins Decisively Nail Down 5th Straight Trip to NCAA Tourney
Written by Blair Cash    Sunday, 27 April 2014 23:51   

NWC CHAMPIONSHIPS:

WOODBURN, Ore. –Already leading by 14 strokes entering the final round, the 10th-ranked George Fox University Bruins refused to let up and increased their margin to 30 shots, cruising to a decisive victory in the Northwest Conference Women’s Golf Championship Tournament Sunday here at the Oregon Golf Association Golf Course.

 

George Fox finished with a 319-318=637 on the par 73, 5,821-yard course to a 333-334=667 by 13th-ranked Whitman College, giving them 31 points in the overall conference standings to 27 for the Missionaries.  The Bruins thus earned their fifth straight NWC crown and the automatic bid to the NCAA Division III National Tournament that goes with it.  The Bruins, who have now won six tournaments during the 2013-14 season, will be making their fifth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament, which is set for May 13-16 at the Mission Inn Resort Golf Course in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.

 

All five of the Bruins participating in the tournament finished in the top 13, and three of them shot sub-80 rounds on a day that showered the golfers with sporadic heavy rains and even a brief hailstorm amidst intermittent sunshine.  Sydney Maluenda came in second on the leader board with a 77-77=154, while Loreece Magsanide third with a 78-79=157.  Hailey Ostrom tied for sixth with an 80-85=165, Melissa Nugent was eighth with an 89-77=166, and Madison Perry was 13th with an 84-85=169.

“In terms of the team, it was quite a season,” admitted George Fox head coach MaryJo McCloskey. “I knew this young team had talent and great chemistry back in the fall, but I was unsure just how quickly they would come together.  I think we surprised a lot of people.  I’m excited about returning to the National Championship and we hope we can ‘surprise’ some teams there as well.  It’s truly been a remarkable season and it’s great that our journey this season continues.”

Medalist honors in the tournament went to Michal Schuster of Whitworth, who shot a six-over-par 73-79=152 to hold off Maluenda by two strokes.  Tied for fourth behind Magsanide were Claire Burke of Lewis & Clark (77-83=160) and Katie Zajicek of Whitman (79-81=160).

George Fox served as the host for this year’s NWC Championship Tournaments, both the men’s and women’s.  Acknowledged McCloskey, “I want to thank the George Fox athletic administration for helping stage this conference championship event.  Our athletic director, Craig Taylor, our administrative assistant, Patty Findley, and our SID, Blair Cash, worked endlessly to insure a successful event.”

 

Whitworth University finished third in the NWC Tournament with a 337-338=675, followed by Pacific Lutheran University at 356-336=692, Lewis & Clark College at 345-351=696, Willamette University at 351-347=698, Linfield College at 373-397=770, Pacific University at 396-383=779, and the University of Puget Sound at 425-450=875.

 

In the final conference standings, with the NWC Fall and Spring Classic each counting as one quarter of the total and the NWC Championship Tournament counting as one half, Whitworth was third with 23.5 points, followed by Willamette (18.5), Lewis & Clark and Pacific Lutheran (16 each), Linfield (8), Pacific (4), and Puget Sound (0).

 

Complete results of the NWC Championship Tournament are available on the George Fox women’s golf website at http://athletics.georgefox.edu/sports/wgolf/2013-14/files/0427W.htm.

 

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