May 11, 2018

Bruins Take Home Third At NCAA Championships

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 

By Alex Plusquellec

HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS --- The No. 1-ranked George Fox women's golf held steady through the high-pressure final round of the NCAA National Championship, finishing the weeklong competition with the third-place spot. 


The Bruins followed up Thursday's 305 with a team score of 320 in Friday's final round. The Bruins finished with a four day total of 1272, securing their third straight top-three finish in the NCAA National Championship.

With the pressure on, the Bruins held steady across the four rounds of competition. At the conclusion of the championship, the Bruins ranked third in team pars with 190 and third in team birdies with 32.

"I'm so proud of this team and that we're bringing NCAA hardware back to campus!" noted head coach, MaryJo McCloskey. "We fought hard in tough conditions with the heat and some tricky pin placements today. We could feel the love and support of the entire George Fox community and could not be more grateful to represent the Bruins on the national stage this week."

Rachel Drgastin was stellar in the final round, carding an even-par 73, highlighted by a 2-under 35 on the back nine. Drgastin finished the tournament T-32nd with a total of 324. Kristin Elich, in her final round as a Bruin, signed for a 10-over-par 83 to finish in a tie for 18th. Iris Kawada moved into a tie for 10th after firing a final round 6-over-par 79. Her four day total of 315 was the low for the Bruins. Janelle Decker and Kayle Hunn posted an 85 and 90 respectively. Decker finished the championship T-43rd while Hunn finished T-37th.

No. 2 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and No. 4 Williams College finished the final round in a tie for first after Friday's final round. The two teams shot a four day total of 1261. After two playoff holes, CMS claimed the 2018 National Championship.