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Maluenda wins, but GFU takes second at invitational

OREGON CITY — It was a tradeoff for George Fox Sunday at the Northwest Conference Fall Classic, as freshman Sydney Maluenda captured medalist honors, but the Bruins placed second as a team behind Whitman.

Maluenda fired rounds of 71 and 75 to finish at 2-over-par on the par-72 Stone Creek Golf Club, besting Katie Azjicek of Whitman by two strokes.

GFU’s Melissa Nugent was fifth after rounds of 78 and 80 put her at 158, but for the second time this season, the No. 15 Missionaries bested the perennial conference favorites.

The No. 13 Bruins shot an opening round 310 to trail Whitman by four strokes, but slid back with a 324 Sunday to finish at 634. The Missionaries carded a second-round 308 to total 614 and win by 20 strokes.

Also counting for the Bruins on Sunday were Loreece Magsanide and Hailey Ostrom. Magsanide shot a 166 to tie for 15th, while Ostrom had a 164 and tied for 11th. The Bruins’ fifth player, Megan McGrew, had to withdraw during Monday’s round after suffering a recurrence of the shoulder problem which sidelined her all of last year, leaving George Fox with only four players eligible to count toward its team score.

“I was proud that the team fought through the adversity and did their best to pick up the slack left by their fallen teammate,” Head coach MaryJo McCloskey said. “It has been a hard fall season for us with losing players on the final day in two key tournaments.”

The NWC Fall Classic came on the heels of GFU’s ninth-place showing against a strong, mostly Division II field Oct. 21-22 at the Sonoma State Invitational in Santa Rosa, Calif. Maluenda was the team’s top finisher, placing 12th with a 10-over-par 154.



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