WOODBURN, Ore. – Tacking on 10 strokes to their first-round 14-shot lead, the George Fox University Bruins cruised to the title in the Northwest Conference Women’s Golf Championship Tournament which ended Sunday here at the Oregon Golf Association Golf Course, sewing up the NWC overall crown and their fourth straight NCAA Tournament berth.
George Fox finished with a two-day score of 321-317=638 on the par-72, 5,834 course, 24 shots ahead of runner-up Whitman College’s 342-320=662. Whitworth University, in second after the first round, slipped back to third with a 335-338=673. Tournament host Willamette University came in fourth at 344-333=677, followed by Pacific Lutheran University at 364-360=724, Pacific University at 390-373=763, Linfield College at 418-398=816, and the University of Puget Sound at 428-409=837. Lewis & Clark College had no one entered in the tournament this year.
The victory gave George Fox a clean sweep of this year’s conference events, including the NWC Fall and Spring Classics, and 32 points for the overall conference championship, the fourth straight year the Bruins have either shared the league title or won it outright. Whitman was second in the standings with 28 points, followed by Whitworth and Willamette with 21 each, Pacific Lutheran with 15, Pacifci wit 13, Linfield with 10, and Puget Sound with four.
The Bruins’ Kelsey Morrison captured medalist honors with an eight-over-par 75-77=152, eight shots ahead of Emily Guthrie of Whitworth, last year’s winner, who had a 79-81=160. Bruin teammates Kiana Lumanlan (81-80=161) and Abby Mann (83-78=161) tied for third, while Whitney Jammerman tied for eighth with an 82-83=165 and Loreece Magsanide tied for 12th with an 85-82=167. Morrison, Mann, Lumanlan and Magsanide had Sunday’s counting scores for the Bruins.
In post-event ceremonies, Morrison was named the Northwest Conference Women’s Golfer of the Year, her second year in a row to take the league’s top honor. Mann and Lumanlan joined her on the All-Conference First Team, along with Whitworth’s Guthrie and Chelsea Bayley and Whitman’s Kelly Sweeney. Jammerman and Magsanide were accorded All-NWC Second Team honors.
“I'm just really proud of how well our team has played all season long,” said George Fox coach MaryJo McCloskey following the team’s clinching of the conference title. “The Championship Tournament was played on a very strategic course, and I thought our team did a great job of managing the course and staying focused. We’re very excited about our journey continuing to the national tournament and the opportunity to test our games against the best.
“Adding to the excitement was having all five of our players in the tournament making the All-Conference team and Kelsey being named NWC Player of the Year. Over the weekend, the team wore special ‘heart’ hats to show our appreciation for our awesome seniors and co-captains for the last two years, Kelsey and Abby. I am so grateful for their leadership and commitment.”
Complete results of the NWC Women’s Championship Tournament, courtesy of the Willamette sports information office, may be found on line on the George Fox women’s golf web site at http://athletics.georgefox.edu/sports/wgolf/2012-13/files/0421.htm.
NEXT: George Fox will represent the Northwest Conference in the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament on May 14-17 at the Sandestin Beach and Golf Resort in Miramar Beach, Fla. The Bruins will be making their fourth straight appearance in the national tournament, where they finished eighth in the 2010, 12th in 2011, and seventh last year.