Oct 21, 2018

Bruins Surge Back to Take First At The Confluence Health Classic

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 

WALLA WALLA --- The George Fox women's golf team came surging back in the final round of the Confluence Health Classic to win the event by six strokes, Sunday afternoon.


The Bruins entered the final round down by two strokes after Whitman College held the day one lead with a 303-team score. The Bruins followed up their first-round 305-team score with a 306-team score to move up to the top spot. The Bruins finished the two-day tournament with a 305-306=611. Whitman finished in second with a 303-314=617, while Whitworth placed third with a 324-325=649.

Janelle Decker led the Bruins' charge with a 77-73=150 to finish fourth. Iris Kawada placed fifth with a 72-80=152, while Kayle Hunn cracked the top-10 at tied for seventh with a 77-77=154. Alex McMenamin shot a 79-77=156 to finish T-10th and Rachel Drgastin signed an 84-79=163 to place T-14th. As for the Bruin individuals, Kaitlyn Tonai led the group with a 73-76=149 to place tied for second. Nicolle Nitta finished tied for seventh with an 82-72=154 and Tianna Brown placed T-19th with an 85-82=167.

Shiyang Fan of Whitman College earned medalist honors with a 68-73=141.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins will enjoy some well-deserved time off before they hit the links in the spring of 2019.