Sep 10, 2018

2018-19 Women's Golf Season Preview

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 
 

NEWBERG – The George Fox women's golf team celebrated its third straight national podium finish in the 2017-18 season – along with its ninth straight Northwest Conference championship – and show no signs of slowing down, according to head coach MaryJo McCloskey.

The Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) ranked the Bruins third in the nation in the latest WGCA NCAA Division III coaches' poll, while the NWC coaches' poll predicts the Bruins will win their 10th straight conference championship.

"This year's team has the opportunity to do some amazing things," McCloskey said of her squad.

George Fox will have no lack of experience, returning four golfers who played in the 2018 NCAA National Championship Tournament. Senior Iris Kawada is back for her final year after placing 10th at nationals and earning All-American, All-West Region, and All-NWC team honors. Joining her will be senior Janelle Decker, junior Rachel Drgastin and sophomore Kayle Hunn. Decker, Hunn, and Drgastin all were named on the All-NWC team.

Additional firepower will come from sophomore Alex McMenamin and junior Tianna Brown. The duo looked impressive in amateur play over the summer and will look to build on that success for the 2018-19 season.

Coach McCloskey also mentioned how excited she was for her two newcomers: Kaitlyn Tonai and Nicolle Nitta

"These young women are both passionate about their sport and are excellent students in the classroom," added McCloskey. "They are committed to our program, and both will make an impact on the team for the next four years."

With so much depth to the roster, the biggest challenge for the 2018-19 season will be daily competition on the course.

"We can only play five players for a team score, so having all very talented players will be a challenge," McCloskey said. "I'm really looking forward to our journey this season and what we can do. I believe our players are among the strongest group out there. I can't wait for our first tournament."

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