May 09, 2017

Bruins T-2nd After First Round of NCAA Div. III Championships

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 

Photo Taken By: Maria Lysaker 

HOUSTON, Texas --- With the first round of the 2017 NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championships in the books, the No. 1-ranked George Fox Bruins sit two strokes off the leader.

Senior Madison Perry gives her thoughts after the first round.


Sophomore Iris Kawada talks about first round of action.

No. 3 Rhodes College is the Day One leader in the field of 22 teams with a team score of 301. The Bruins are currently tied for second with No. 2 Williams College with a score of 303. Eight strokes separate fourth place, as No. 8 Carleton College shot a 311 to edge No. 5 Texas-Tyler and No. 7 Amherst College, who are both tied for fifth.

The Bruins had quite the day at Bay Oaks Country Club, as the team finished second in the field with 11 birdies on the day. The squad also tied with Rhodes College in par five scoring with an average score of 5.10. The Bruins finished second in the field in par four scoring with an average of 4.28.

As for the players, Iris Kawada is tied for seventh with a 74, as the sophomore put together a round with 12 pars on the scorecard. Her 12 pars are tied for fourth on the day in the field of 116 golfers. She is just five strokes off the leader, Phoebe Mattana of Williams College, who fired off a 3-under 69 on the day.

Both Madison Perry and Rachel Drgastin sit T-10th with a 76.

Perry was able to string together a fabulous finish on the back nine, recording three straight pars and two birdies to end her round.

Drgastin, who is competing in her first NCAA Championship event, was able to record a 1-over finish on the front nine and sign 10 pars to her scorecard.

Kristin Elich inked a 77 on her card after the first round, as the Northwest Conference Player of the Year recorded three birdies on the day. Elich is T-17th and just one stroke off cracking the Top 10.

Sydney Maluenda finished her round with a 78 to place T-25th. The senior recorded 11 pars during her 18 holes of play and one birdie, which came on the eighth hole to finish the front nine 2-over.

"I'm really excited about today's round and how we came out to play," said head coach MaryJo McCloskey. "We had a great game plan and stuck to it nicely. The wind here is always a huge factor and we have to be constantly aware of it. I'm happy with where we stand and look forward to tomorrow's action."

What Comes Next:
The Bruins will look to put some pressure on Rhodes College Wednesday, May 10, as they tee off at 5:45a.m. (PST) on the back nine.