ALOHA, Ore. - Capturing medalist honors for the third time in as many fall tournaments, George Fox University All-American Kelsey Morrison paced the fifth-ranked Bruins to a 29-stroke victory in the third annual Culturame Classic women’s golf tournament which concluded Sunday here at The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club.
The host Bruins, who won Pacific University’s Boxer Classic their last time out, finished with a four-player, 36-hole score of 315-317=632. Runner-up was the University of California-Santa Cruz, the 21st-ranked team in the NCAA Division III, which ended with a 328-333=661 score. Willamette University closed well to finish third at 336-326=662. Whitworth University took fourth with a 364-342=706, followed by Linfield College with a 361-363=724, Northwest Christian University with a 377-356=733, Simpson University (Calif.) with a 385-384=769, and Pacific with a 396-403=799.
The course was played as a par-73 on both days, with yardages of 5,859 on Saturday and 5,849 on Sunday.
Morrison, who already has trophies from the O’Brien National Invitational Tournament and the Boxer Classic this year, carded a five-over-par 75-76=151, topping teammate Kiana Lumanlan, who had a 79-75=154, by three strokes. Emily Stevens of Cal-Santa Cruz came in third with an 80-79=159, while Whitworth’s Emily Guthrie had Sunday’s best individual round and finished fourth with an 87-73=160. Abby Mann (81-81=162) of George Fox and Nicole Smith (80-82=162) of Willamette tied for fifth.
Guthrie and Sophie Corr of Linfield had the day’s best individual holes, as each eagled the par-4, 305-yard fifth hole.
Rounding out the counting scores on Sunday for the victorious Bruins was Loreece Magsanide with a final 80-85=165, tying for eighth. Whitney Jammerman was 25th after shooting a 92-88=180.
Two other Bruins competed as individuals. Melissa Nugent had the biggest one-day improvement of anyone in the tournament with a 99-80=179, tying for 22nd, while Hailey Ostrom shot a 93-91=184 and placed 29th.
"This was a big weekend for us,” said George Fox coach MaryJo McCloskey. “It was great competition against a good field and against a very difficult championship golf course. I think our players managed themselves around this heavily-bunkered course very well. Greens were running over 12 on the stimpmeter, and pins were tucked on many holes. It was a great test in many ways, and I thought our team handled it very well. We are beginning to show our depth as a team as, each week, different players are making important breakthroughs."
Complete results of the Culturame Classic are available on the George Fox women’s golf web site at http://athletics.georgefox.edu/sports/wgolf/2012-13/files/1007.htm.
NEXT: The Bruins will compete in the Sonoma State University Fall Invitational on Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 22-23, at the Sonoma Golf Club in Sonoma, Calif.