Apr 22, 2018

Bruins Place Second, Claim Share As NWC Co-Champions

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
  • 15 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)
  • 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
  • Six Academic All-Americans 

TACOMA --- The No. 1-ranked George Fox women's golf team placed second at the Northwest Conference Championship, but came as the 2018 NWC Co-Champions with Whitman College.


The Bruins finished the two-day tournament with a 317-305=622 to finish seven strokes behind the tournament leader Whitman College. The Blues shot a 311-304=615 to win the tournament of the eight teams.

Though the Blues won the NWC Tournament, the Bruins were victorious in the Fall Classic and Spring Classic tournaments, the other two qualifying events toward the NWC Championship.

Kristin Elich went head to head with Whitman's Shiyang Fan in a playoff to determine the individual medalist and which team would receive the automatic qualifier to the national tourmanet. Elich lost the playoff but finished her final time at the NWC Championship with a 74-73=147. She finished as a first-team All-NWC selection and back-to-back NWC Player of the Year.

Janelle Decker and Kayle Hunn both finished tied for fourth with a 156 to earn All-NWC first-team. Iris Kawada also was a first-team selection as she took ninth with an 83-80=163. Rachel Drgastin took 21st with an 87-84=171 to earn All-NWC second-team.

What Comes Next:

The Bruin will wait until April 30 to see if they receive an at-large bid for the NCAA National Championship held May 8-11 in Howey in the Hills, Florida.