May 03, 2017

Bruins Head To NCAA Championship With No. 1 Ranking

A Winning Tradition

  • Eight NCAA D-III National Championship Tournaments (2010-8th; 2011-12th; 2012-7th; 2013-4th; 2014-9th; 2015-6th; 2016-T-3rd; 2017-2nd)
  • Eight Northwest Conference Champions (2010; 2011; 2012; 2013; 2014; 2015; 2016; 2017)
  • Eight Top 25 National Rankings (2010-7th; 2011-7th; 2012-7th; 2013-5th; 2014-10th; 2015 - 2nd; 2016-2nd; 2017-1st)
  • Nine straight winning seasons (2009-17)
  • 63 tournament wins in program's nine seasons
  • Overall record of 729-186-1 in program's nine seasons (.796)
  • 12 All-Americans, 18 All-West Region players, 32 All-Conference players
  • Two PING National Player of the Year (Kelsey Morrison, 2013; Sydney Maluenda, 2015)
  • One WGCA National Freshman of the Year (Sydney Maluenda, 2014)
  • Eight NWC Players of the Year
  • Three West Region Coach of the Year awards (2009-10, 2015-16, 2016-17)
  • Five NWC Coach of the Year awards (2010-11, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2016-17)
  • Six WGCA All-American Scholars, Three Academic All-District student-athletes
  • Five Academic All-Americans 

NEWBERG, Ore. – Last year, the George Fox women's golf team recorded the program's highest finish at the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament, finishing tied for third, but this spring the No. 1-ranked Bruins have their eyes set on gold.

Head Coach MaryJo McCloskey, recently named Northwest Conference Coach of the Year, has guided the Bruins to six event wins in the 2016-17 season, but she is quick to give all the credit to her players, and most importantly her two seniors: Sydney Maluenda and Madison Perry.

"The strength of this team this season has been our senior leadership," McCloskey said. "Since our seniors and co-captains, Sydney and Madison, have played on the team as freshmen, our team has a winning percentage of over 90 percent. We have won nine of 11 NWC major events, brought home a NCAA trophy, and set several school and conference scoring records. Their leadership has definitely driven the team to new heights this season!"

With that leadership, Maluenda and Perry have helped the Bruins achieve their first-ever No. 1-ranking in the program's history. That ranking was earned at the start of the 2016 season, and the Bruins have held that top spot ever since.

Recently, George Fox placed all five golfers in the top five spots at the NWC Championships, setting a program and conference record for top finishers in a conference tournament. The Bruins also recorded a program first, finishing the 36 holes with all five golfers finishing in the 70s. The win at the conference tournament marked their fifth straight and eighth straight NWC Championship. 

"We have had a great season, but it was truly fun to see all our hard work really come together at the conference championship," added McCloskey. "Having all five of our players take the top five spots and all five make first-team all-conference was super exciting, and it gives us the confidence we need going into the national championship."

Kristin Elich was named NWC Player of the Year, while freshman Rachel Drgastin won her first collegiate event at the championship to earn NWC Freshman of the Year. Elich, Drgastin, Maluenda, Perry and Iris Kawada were named to the All-NWC first team, marking the first time the program had all five golfers earn first-team honors.

The team heads into the 2017 NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament with a scoring average of 76.83 and a national relative percentage of 95.30.

The Bruins will meet 22 teams and six individuals May 9-12 at Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston. Following 54 holes of competition, the field will be cut to the top 15 teams and top six individuals not on one of those teams to compete in the final day. In the team competition, the lowest four scores from each team for each day will count in the team's total score. The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and Harris County-Houston Sports Authority will serve as hosts.

Click on this link to see the selected teams and individuals competing at the NCAA Div. III National Championship Tournament.