Mar 30, 2019

Bruins Take Day One Lead At UC Santa Cruz Spring Invite

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 Embele Awipi

PACIFIC GROVE --- The No. 2-ranked George Fox women's golf team finished the first round of the UC Santa Cruz Spring Invite with a 13-stroke lead over the field of seven teams on Saturday.


The Bruins fired off a 295-team score to blitz the competition after the first round of play at the Pacific Grove Golf Links. The Bruins managed to record a 7-over par 295 on the Par 72 links course. No. 11 Pomona Pitzer sits in second with a 308-team score, Ottawa University (AZ) is in third with a 317-team score, Occidental is in fourth (329), Texas Lutheran is in fifth (339), host UC Santa Cruz is in sixth (344), and McMurry University is in seventh (347).

On a birdie-filled day, the Bruins placed four of their five starters inside the top-5 of the 47-player field. Rachel Drgastin shot an even-par 72 to finish one stroke behind Annabelle Huether of Pomona-Pitzer, who is the current day one leader. Drgastin's round was hot from the start, as she birdied two of her first five holes. She finished the front nine with a 3-under-par 34 – the lowest front nine round on the day for the Bruins.

Iris Kawada signed a 1-over-par 73 to place third, while Kayle Hunn and Alex McMenamin both shot a 3-over-par 75 to finish in a tie for fifth. Nicolle Nitta is currently T-15th with a 10-over-par 82.

As for the Bruin individuals, Janelle Decker joined her teammates inside the top-5 with a 2-over-par 74 to take sole possession of fourth. Decker currently leads the field of 47 players with 15 pars in her round. Tianna Brown finished her round at T-19th with an 11-over-par 83.

In total, the Bruins recorded 14 birdies on the day – five more than the next best.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins will look to hold onto their lead in the final round on Sunday, March 31, with a shotgun start at 7:30 am.