SALEM, Ore. – More than doubling their 26-stroke lead from the first day, the fifth-ranked George Fox University Bruins ran away from the four-team field to win the Willamette University Women’s Golf Invitational by a whopping 55 shots as the tournament came to a conclusion Sunday afternoon here at the Illahe Hills Country Club course.
Knocking four strokes off their Saturday total, the Bruins shot a four-player score of 318 on Sunday to finish with a 322-318=640, 56-over on the par-73, 5,804-yard course. Host Willamette took second place with a 348-347=695, with Linfield College third at 360-351=711. Lewis & Clark College had three individuals playing, but four are required for a team score.
Kelsey Morrison led the Bruins as she took medalist honors with a two-day score of 75-78=153, seven-over-par and six strokes ahead of runner-up Nicole Smith of Willamette, who had an 83-76=159. Smith’s 76 was the best individual score on Sunday.
The Bruins’ Jill Westendorf, who had Sunday’s second-best round while shooting an overall score of 84-77=161, and teammate Abby Mann, who carded an 82-79=161, tied for third on the leader board. Megan McGrew took fifth with an 81-85=166, while Whitney Jammerman rounded out the Bruins’ scores with a 91-84=175, tying for seventh. Loreece Magsanide, who shot an 82 on Saturday, pulled out of Sunday’s action due to an injury to her left foot.
"It was really great having the opportunity to play Illahe Country Club,” admitted George Fox coach MaryJo McCloskey. “It's a great traditional course that is very challenging, with tight fairways, sloping greens, and with difficult pin placements. I was pleased with how our ladies accepted the challenge; We had three scores in the 70's and all players under 85 on this difficult golf course--once again a total team effort. We continue to work on improving with each tournament, and are looking forward to next weekend's conference championship.”
Complete results of the Willamette Invitational, courtesy of the Willamette sports information office, are available on the George Fox women’s golf website at http://athletics.georgefox.edu/sports/wgolf/2011-12/files/0415.htm.
NEXT: George Fox will join the rest of the Northwest Conference for the NWC Championship Tournament Saturday-Sunday, Apr. 21-22, at the Columbia Point Golf Course in Richland, Wash. The Bruins are the defending NWC Championship Tournament titlists. This tournament counts as one half of the total score for determining the overall conference champion; the NWC Fall and Spring Classics, which the Bruins have already won, each count as one quarter of the final score. The conference champion gets an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III National Tournament May 8-11 at the Zollner Golf Course in Angola, Ind.