Bruins capture Culturame Classic
DIII womens golf GFU avenges a recent loss to NWC rival Whitman with a three-stroke victory over the Missionaries
ALOHA Clinging to a two-stroke lead after the opening round, George Fox held off Whitman to win its third consecutive Culturame Classic by three shots Sunday at the Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club.
Ranked No. 7, the Bruins shot rounds of 318 and 308 for a total score of 626 with the Missionaries at 629, with Lewis & Clark placing third at 696 and Pacific Lutheran fourth at 712. Linfield (729) was fifth, followed by Puget Sound (781) and Pacific (800).
The win avenged a narrow loss to Whitman, which has been listed among others receiving votes in the Division III poll, at the Pacific Invitational a week earlier.
Three players each from the University of Oregon and Oregon State University also competed as individuals, with the U of Os Cali Hipp taking medalist honors with an even-par 146 after recording rounds of 76 and 70. Her three-under 70 on Sunday established a new record low for the four-year-old tournament hosted by George Fox.
Trailing Hipp on the leader board were Kelly Sweeney (151) and Catelyn Webber (151) of Whitman in a tie for second, Sydney Maluenda of George Fox (153) in fourth, and Raphaela Dyer of Oregon (155) and Hailey Ostrom of George Fox (155) in a tie for fifth. All six were named to the all-tournament team.
Melissa Nugent, who tied for 14th with a final score of 163, also scored for George Fox Sunday. The Bruins other two scoring-eligible players both had 78s on the final day, Loreece Magsanide finishing with a 157 to place eighth and Whitney Jammerman carding an 162 to come in 13th. Individuals competing for the Bruins were Madison Perry with a 163 (tied for 14th), Megan McGrew with a 166 (tied for 19th), and Kirbi Havemann with a 178 (29th).
I was really pleased with our play this weekend, head coach and tournament host MaryJo McCloskey said. The course is a championship course that plays very tough and strategic. Our team score of 308 today was a really good score, and having six players shoot in the 70s shows the depth of this team as we continue to grow.