May 10, 2017

Bruins Hold Firm At T-2nd, Five Strokes Off The Lead

A Winning Tradition

  • Nine NCAA D-III National Championship Tournaments (2010-8th; 2011-12th; 2012-7th; 2013-4th; 2014-9th; 2015-6th; 2016-T-3rd; 2017-2nd; 2018 -3rd)
  • Nine Northwest Conference Champions (2010; 2011; 2012; 2013; 2014; 2015; 2016; 2017; 2018)
  • Nine Top 25 National Rankings (2010-7th; 2011-7th; 2012-7th; 2013-5th; 2014-10th; 2015 - 2nd; 2016-2nd; 2017-1st; 2018-1st)
  • 10 straight winning seasons (2009-18)
  • 70 tournament wins in program's 10 seasons
  • Overall record of 729-186-1 in program's nine seasons (.796)
  • 14 All-Americans, 21 All-West Region players, 37 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)
  • Nine 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: Erik Williams

HOUSTON, Texas --- The No. 1-ranked George Fox women's golf team picked up from where it left off in the second round of action in the 2017 NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championships, as the Bruins fired off another 303 to hold tight at tied for second.

Junior Kristin Elich talks about today's round. 


After a first round that produced a 303 team score, the Bruins mirrored their first round with a second round team score of 303 to shoot a combined 606. No. 3 Rhodes College held on to its top spot after the second round with back-to-back 301's for a 602 team score. No. 2 Williams College is tied with the Bruins at second place with the same score of 303-303 – 606.

There was a traffic jam in the first Top 5 spots throughout most of the day, but the top three teams separated themselves towards the end of the round.

No. 6 Wittenberg University moved up three spots to sit at fourth with a 314-298 – 612.

As a team, the top-ranked Bruins share the lead with Williams College in pars with 107 after two round of play. The Bruins are also in the Top 5 in birdies with 18.

Iris Kawada was a par machine Wednesday, as the sophomore put together of 1-over for a 73. She is now sixth with a 74-73 – 147. She also leads the entire field in pars with 27 – with 15 coming in the today's round.

Kristin Elich had the second best round on Day Two with a 74 to finish T-12th. She shot a 77-74 – 151 and recorded 13 pars and two birdies in her round.

Sydney Maluenda moved up seven spots to T-18th with a 75 in her second round. She is now at a 78-75 – 153 after two days. She shot even par on the back nine with two birdies, two bogeys and five pars.

Rachel Drgastin was the final scoring Bruin in the second round with a 76-81 – 157. She is currently T-35th.

Madison Perry shot a 76-85 – 161 and sits T-54th. Perry responded nicely on the back nine stringing together four pars in a row to end her day.

"I'm really happy with how we finished today's round," said head coach MaryJo McCloskey. "I have a good feeling about tomorrow and I'm excited to watch this team perform." 

Christina Herbert of Bridgewater College moved up five spots to take the top spot after the second round with a 69. Her 3-under finish gives her a one stroke lead over yesterday's leader Phoebe Mattana of Williams College, who is even after 36 holes.

What Comes Next:
The Bruins will look forward to moving day Thursday, May 11, as they are down by just five strokes. The Bruins will tee off at 10:55a.m. (PST).