May 11, 2017

Bruins Lead NCAA Championships After Third Round

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: Erik Williams

HOUSTON, Texas --- The No. 1-ranked George Fox women's golf team was on fire in the third round of the NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championships, Thursday afternoon, as the Bruins closed out the day with a four-stroke lead.

The Bruins entered the third round down by five strokes to No. 3 Rhodes College, who was the leader after the first and second rounds. The Bruins shot a blistering team score of 297, which was the only team score under 300 on the day.

The Bruins now lead the field of 22 teams with a 303-303-297 – 903 team score. Rhodes College is second with a 301-300-306 – 907, and Williams College is in third with a 303-303-308 – 914. This marks the first time the Bruins will go into the clubhouse with a lead at the NCAA Championships.

The Bruins were able to produce early as a team, combining for six birdies and 52 pars in the third round. The Bruins now lead all teams in pars with 166.

Kristin Elich was the big name of the day, as the junior recorded a program first with a 1-under 71 on the round. She becomes the first Bruin to shoot under par at the NCAA Championships. She opened her round with back-to-back bogeys, but responded with birdies on hole five and hole six. She birdied hole 10, and finished her round with eight straight pars to tie her season-best. Elich moved up seven spots to sit tied for fifth.

Iris Kawada continued her consistent play with a 75 for a 74-73-75 – 222 to tie with Elich at fifth. The sophomore is tied for second with 38 pars after the 54 holes of play.

Sydney Maluenda moved up three spots on the leaderboard to T-14th with a 2-over 74. She recorded 15 pars on the day, which was the most by any Bruin. She is now tied with Kawada at second in the field in pars with 38. Each day she has improved her score with a 54 hole score of 78-75-74 – 227.

Freshman Rachel Drgastin moved up three spots at T-26th with a score of 77 on her card. She is now at a 76-81-77 – 234. Her 13 pars in the third round were the most of her three rounds.

Madison Perry shot an 82 on the day and is T-48th. She was able to record two birdies and seven pars in the round. She is now at 76-85-82 – 243.

Nikki Isaacson of Rhodes College and Christina Herbert of Bridgewater are tied for the lead with a 219.

What Comes Next:
The Bruins will look to hold their four stroke lead in the final round Friday, May 12, with a tee time set for 7:25a.m. (PST).