Mar 31, 2019

Bruins Claim UCSC Spring Invite By 22 Strokes

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 
 

PACIFIC GROVE --- The No. 2-ranked George Fox women's golf team went wire-to-wire at the UC Santa Cruz Spring Invite on Sunday, as the Bruins put together a 295-303=598-team score to win by 22 strokes.

Recap:

The Bruins followed up their day one score of 295 with a 303 on Sunday to cruise to a 22-stroke victory over the field of seven teams. No. 11 Pomona Pitzer placed second with a 308-312=620, while Ottawa University (AZ) finished in third with a 317-322=639.

This marks the fourth tournament in the 2018-19 season the Bruins have won and the second straight season they claimed the UCSC Spring Invite title.

The Bruins pulled off the clean sweep on the leaderboard, as five Bruins placed inside the top-5. Rachel Drgastin grabbed her second collegiate medalist honor of her career with a 3-over-par 72-75=147 to win by three strokes. Her first win came at the Northwest Conference Championship on April 22-23, 2017, with a 78-71=149. Drgastin's road to victory came on the back nine, as the junior birdied four of the nine holes for a 2-under-par 35.

Kayle Hunn and Iris Kawada finished in a tie for second with a 6-over-par 150 final. Hunn finished with back-to-back 75's on the card, while Kawada shot a 73-77. Alex McMenamin moved up one spot to tie with Janelle Decker for fourth, as the pair shot a 7-over-par 151 final. Decker played as an individual for the Bruins.

Nicolle Nitta also made the climb on the final day, moving up three spots to finish T-12th. Nitta shot an 82-77=159, with three birdies and one eagle in her round. Kaitlyn Tonai and Tianna Brown joined Decker as the two other individuals. Tonia finished T-14th with an 82-78=160, while Brown finished in 20th with an 83-81=164.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins will play next at the NWC Spring Classic at the Olympia Country Club in Olympia, Washington, on April 13-14.