NEWBERG, Ore. – With the Northwest Conference Fall Classic coming up this weekend, the George Fox University women’s golf team is inviting all family members, friends and supporters to come for a “Tailgater” party with the Bruins at the tournament site, the Heron Lakes Golf Course in Portland, Ore., on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10:00-11:30 a.m.
“We want to have all our fans join us to meet the players, several of whom are new this year,” said George Fox coach MaryJo McCloskey. “Our team's ‘logistics manager’ (MaryJo’s husband Rick) is in charge, and promises delicious treats, such as Cinnabons and coffee, as well as a good time as we cheer on our golfers this weekend. One of our alums, Nicole Hudson Ford, will be on hand to rally everyone as well, so it will be exciting to have her join us. Fans should look for the blue pop-up tent in the Heron Lakes parking lot next to our school van.”
The first tee time is set for Saturday at 11:00 a.m., while tee time for the final round on Sunday is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. The women’s event will be staged on Heron Lakes’ Greenback Course; the NWC men will be playing at the same time on the Great Blue Course.
George Fox will be looking to win the NWC Women’s Fall Classic for the third time in a row. The Bruins rallied from eight strokes down after the first day to win last year’s title with a two-day score of 328-331=659, eight shots ahead of Whitworth University’s 320-347=667.
The Fall Classic, which is the final event of the semester for all conference teams, counts as one quarter of the overall score for determining the final Northwest Conference champion. The NWC Spring Classic also counts as one quarter, with the NWC Championship Tournament later in the spring comprising half of the teams’ score. George Fox shared the 2009-10 NWC title with Whitworth before winning the 2010-11 crown alone, and participated in the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament both seasons.
REGIONAL/NATIONAL STATS: With four fall tournaments under their belts, the George Fox University Bruins are now rated second in Region 5 (West) of the NCAA Division III and ninth overall in the nation in the Golfstats.com national statistics which were released this week.
Statistically, the Bruins are 11th nationally in scoring average (321.63) but sixth in score vs. par (31.62), while ranking third in the region in scoring average and second in score vs. par (Claremont-Mudd-Scripps is first in the region with a 30.00 score vs. par and a 318.00 stroke average, while the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor is second in stroke average at 320.50). The Bruins’ adjusted scoring average of 79.96 is second in the region to Claremont’s 79.66 and is sixth in the nation.
Individually, Kelsey Morrison is second in the region in average score (77.63) and score vs. par (5.12) to Maya Reddy of Claremont (76.75 and 4.75). She is seventh nationally in score vs. par and 12th in average score. Megan McGrew is ninth in the region in score vs. par (7.88) and 11th in scoring average (80.38), while standing tied for 40th nationally in score vs. par and 46th in average score.
Two other Bruins are listed in the top 30 in the region. Abby Mann is 13th in score vs. par (8.88) and 18th in average score (81.38), while Loreece Magsanide is 30th in score vs. par (10.88).
In the Golf World / National Golf Coaches Association rankings for Division III, George Fox is rated No. 8 in the country.