May 14, 2019

Bruins T-5th After First Round of NCAA Championship

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 Erik Williams 

HOUSTON --- The No. 2-ranked George Fox women's golf team finished Tuesday's first round of the 2019 NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championship in a tie for fifth out of the 25 participating teams.


The Bruins are four strokes back from first place after shooting a 22-over-par 310 on the day. No. 11 Redlands holds the day-one lead by one stroke after firing off an 18-over-par 306-team score. No. 10 Methodist and No. 5 DePauw are tied for third with a 307, while No. 6 Williams is in fourth with a 309. The Bruins are tied with No. 1 Carleton to round out the top-5 teams.

In a field of 131 golfers, all five Bruins the top-50 and the team managed to record a field-best 58 pars on the round. Iris Kawada, Kayle Hunn, and Janelle Decker each recorded a team-best 12 pars on their respective cards.

Kawada led the team on the day with a 4-over-par 76 to place T-16th. Alex McMenamin shot a 5-over-par 77 to take T-23rd and Janelle Decker signed a 6-over-par 78 to finish T-32nd. Kayle Hunn and Rachel Drgastin are currently T-43rd with a 7-over-par 79. Drgastin is currently tied for fourth in the field for best scoring average in par-5's with a 4.75 average.

Bailey Plourde, an individual from Centre College, leads the field with a 1-under-par 71.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins will start on hole one for the second round on Wednesday, May 15, at 11:20 am (PDT).