May 08, 2018

Bruins In Eighth After First Round of NCAA Championship

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 

Photo Courtesy of Adam Puckett

HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS --- The No. 1-ranked George Fox women's golf team is currently eighth out of the 25 teams participating in the 2018 NCAA Division III Championship after the first round of action.


The Bruins are 15 strokes back from first place with a 326 team score. No. 2-ranked Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and No. 4-ranked Williams College share the lead over the field of 25 teams with a 311 team score.

No. 15 Carleton College, No. 3 New York and No. 10 Carnegie Mellon are tied for third with a 321, No. 6 Methodist is in sixth with a 322 and No. 9 DePauw University is seventh with a 323 team score.

The five Bruins combined for 10 birdies on the day, which was tied for the second most in the field. In the field of 130 golfers, the Bruins had two players inside the top-25. Iris Kawada led the Bruins on the first day with a 6-over-par 79 to place T-16th. Kristin Elich is currently T-25th with a 7-over-par 80. Kayle Hunn finished with an 8-over-par 81 to take T-37th, while Rachel Drgastin shot a 13-over-par 86 to place T-72nd. Janelle Decker rounded out the Bruins' lineup with a 15-over-par 88 to take T-83rd.

Charlotte Simpson of Carnegie Mellon is the first round leader with an even-par 73. The 25 teams are participating at the Mission Inn Resort & Club that is playing as a par-73 and 5,804 yards.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins will tee it up Tuesday, May 8 looking to slowly climb up the leaderboard.