McGrew Wins BAA, NWC Weekly Honors; Bruins Move Up in Both Ratings and Stats
NEWBERG, Ore. - By capturing medalist honors in the Northwest Conference Women’s Golf Fall Classic on Oct. 22-23, George Fox’s Megan McGrew had been named the Bruin Athletic Association Women’s Athlete of the Week and the NWC Women’s Golf Student-Athlete of the Week for Oct. 17-23, her second time this fall to collect both awards.
McGrew shot a two-day score of 74-76=150, six-over-par on the par-72, 5,813-yard Green Back course at the Heron Lakes Golf Course in Portland, Ore., to win the event by two strokes over Bruin teammate Kelsey Morrison. She was the first-day leader by a stroke over Tate Head of Whitman, who eventually finished third. Her efforts helped the Bruins win the Fall Classic for the third year in a row and get a good start toward the overall conference title, which will include results of the NWC Spring Classic and the NWC Championship Tournament in April.
The Fall Classic crown was the second tournament win of the season for McGrew, a freshman from Yolo, Calif. She also won the Pacific Fall Invitational and led the Bruins to the event title on Sept. 24-25 at the Quail Valley Golf Course in Banks, Ore., with a score of 74-77=151, earning BAA and NWC honors for the first time this fall for the week of Sept. 19-25.
The George Fox Athlete of the Week Award for both men and women is presented throughout the Bruin sports seasons by the Bruin Athletic Association, whose mission is to provide George Fox student-athletes with an outstanding athletic and academic experience and to strengthen the overall competitiveness of the Bruin athletics program. For more information about the organization or to become a member, visit the Bruin Athletic Association website.
2011-12 Bruin Athletic Association Women’s Athletes of the Week
Aug. 29-Sept. 4 - Patti Reeves (Volleyball)
Sept. 5-11 - Melanie Gaither (Soccer)
Sept. 12-18 - Kelsey Morrison (Golf)
Sept. 19-25 - Megan McGrew (Golf)
Sept. 26-Oct. 2 - Kate Freiheit (Cross Country)
Oct. 3-9 - Stephanie Kerr (Volleyball)
Oct. 10-16 - Courtney Hochstetler (Cross Country)
Oct. 17-23 - Megan McGrew (Golf)
NATIONAL RANKINGS: After completing the fall portion of their 2011-12 season with a 13-stroke win over Whitman in the Northwest Conference Fall Classic, the George Fox Bruins have moved up from eighth to seventh in the latest Golf World / National Golf Coaches Association NCAA Division III women’s national rankings of Oct. 26.
George Fox collected 382 points in the poll, up from 317 the month before. The Bruins are the highest-rated team in Region 5 (West Region), with Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 12th, Mary Hardin-Baylor 13th, and Southwestern (Texas) 23rd. Whitworth is the only other Northwest Conference team to receive votes, ranking among others “also receiving votes” with 37.
Methodist remains No. 1 with 18 first-place votes and 546 points, but Washington-St. Louis, with four wins in five tournaments in the fall, now second with four firsts and 525 points.
The complete NCAA Division III national poll may be viewed on line at the Golf World web site at http://www.golfdigest.com/golf-tours-news/blogs/college-golf/womens-coaches-polls-1/.
REGIONAL/NATIONAL STATS: With five fall tournaments under their belts, including wins in the Pacific Fall Invitational and the Northwest Conference Fall Classic, the George Fox Bruins are now rated first in Region 5 (West) of the NCAA Division III and ninth overall in the nation in the latest Golfstats.com national statistics of Oct. 25.
Statistically, the Bruins now rank sixth nationally in scoring average (319.80) and fifth in score vs. par (30.20), while ranking first in the region in both scoring average and score vs. par. The Bruins’ adjusted scoring average of 79.52 is also first in the region and fifth in the nation.
Individually, Kelsey Morrison is first in the region in scoring average (77.30) and score vs. par (4.90), and fifth nationally in score vs. par and ninth in scoring average. Megan McGrew is fourth in the region in score vs. par (6.90) and scoring average (79.30), while standing tied for 22nd nationally in score vs. par and 26th in scoring average.
In the region, Abby Mann is tied for 20th in score vs. par (9.50) and is 29th in average score (81.90).