Apr 13, 2019

Bruins Lead NWC Spring Classic by 21 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 

OLYMPIA --- The No. 3-ranked George Fox women's golf team finished the first round of the Northwest Conference Spring Classic with a 21-stroke lead over the field of seven teams on Saturday.


The Bruins entered the tournament as favorites after capturing the NWC Fall Classic on Oct. 13-14, 2018, by seven strokes.  

The weather wasn't kind to the field of seven teams as the players battled the rain and wind throughout the first round at the Olympia Country & Golf Club. Despite the inclement weather, the Bruins were able to string together a team score of 320 on day one. No. 35 Whitman is in second with a 341-team score, while No. 42 Whitworth is in third with a 351-team score.

"The conditions were very rough today with the rain and the wind coming in sideways," said head coach MaryJo McCloskey. I feel so proud of our team's perseverance and positivity. We are excited to go again tomorrow."

The Bruins placed all five of their golfers inside the top-15, as Iris Kawada leads the field of 39 golfers by four strokes. Kawada shot a 3-over-par 75 to sit atop the leaderboard, while Janelle Decker is close behind in second with a 7-over-par 79. Alex McMenamin is in fourth with a 9-over-par 81 and Kayle Hunn cracked the top-10 in a tie for seventh with a 13-over-par 85. Rachel Drgastin is currently in 11th with a 15-over-par 87.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins will look to close out the NWC Spring Classic on Sunday, April 14, with an early morning tee time.