Apr 25, 2018

Bruins Claim NWC Player of the Year and Five All-NWC Honorees

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 
 

HILLSBORO --- It was another successful season for the George Fox women's golf team, as the Bruins claimed a share of the Northwest Conference Championship, recorded their eighth straight NWC Player of the Year and placed five golfers on the 2018 All-NWC Women's Golf Team.

Kristin Elich records her second straight NWC Player of the Year and third All-NWC honor. Janelle Decker, Kayle Hunn and Iris Kawada earned All-NWC first-team, while Rachel Drgastin was an All-NWC second-team honoree.

The All-NWC Team is determined by individual placements at the three major tournaments in the conference – the NWC Fall Classic, the NWC Spring Classic and the NWC Championship. George Fox won the Fall and Spring Classics, but Whitman came away with a win at the NWC Championship. After it was all said and done, both teams came away with 30 points to earn a share as NWC Co-Champions. A playoff was decided based on the tie and after the two teams sent out all five golfers on the 16th tee, the Blues came away with the automatic qualifying bid (AQ). The Bruins will wait and see if they earn an at-large bid Monday, April 30.

Elich, a senior from West Linn, Oregon, is 16th in the nation with a scoring average of 76.77. She was the runner-up at the NWC Fall Classic, won the NWC Spring Classic and lost in a playoff hole at the NWC Championship. She placed inside the top-10 10 times during the season and earned three medalist honors.

Decker, a junior from Tualatin, Oregon, ranks out at 63rd in the nation with a scoring average of 79.27 and earns her first All-NWC honor. Decker placed seventh at the NWC Fall Classic, second at the NWC Spring Classic and tied for fourth at the NWC Championship.

Hunn, a freshman from San Juan Capistrano, California, records her first All-NWC honor. She is 25th in the nation with a scoring average of 79.87. Hunn transferred in after the fall from Pepperdine University and made an immediate impact on the team. She placed sixth at the NWC Spring Classic and tied for fourth at the NWC Championship.

Kawada, a junior from Kaneohe, Hawaii, earns her third straight All-NWC honor and second straight All-NWC first-team honor. She is currently 15th in the nation with a scoring average of 76.58. Kawada placed tied for fourth in the NWC Fall Classic and ninth at the NWC Championship.

Drgastin, a sophomore from Bend, Oregon, earns her second straight All-NWC honor after earning NWC Freshman of the Year last season. Drgastin is 45th in the nation with a scoring average of 79.27. She placed tied for eighth at the NWC Fall Classic, tied for seventh at the NWC Spring Classic and 21st at the NWC Championship.