Zajicek leads Whitman College women golfers to fourth at NWC Fall Classic.

Katie Zajicek takes fifth as the Missionaries outpace UPS during the final round of the NWC Fall Classic.


BEND, Ore. - Katie Zajicek, a first-year Whitman College player, shot 83 on Sunday to finish in fifth place in the individual scoring as the 36-hole Northwest Conference Fall Classic ended its two-day run at a wet and windy Lost Tracks Golf Club in Bend, Ore.

Whitman, tied with Puget Sound for fourth place in the team scoring after Saturday's opening round, outplayed the Loggers by 22 strokes on Sunday to finish all alone in fourth place.

Whitman's team score (top four individuals) was 350, two strokes higher than on Saturday, for a two-day total of 698.

The Missionaries finished just five strokes behind third-place Linfield, which carded a 364 on Sunday for a 693 total.

After saying on Saturday that his team of first- and second-year golfers had "played a little young," Whitman coach Skip Molitor was pleased to note after Sunday's round that "we played a little older today.

"Our kids bounced back today and competed hard. The weather conditions were even more brutal than on Saturday, but our kids stayed with it and played well. I was impressed."

George Fox took first in the team scoring with a 659 total for its two rounds. Whitworth was second at 667. A total of eight schools competed, although Pacific's team withdrew after nine holes on Sunday.

"Pacific walked off the course because they thought the tournament should have been called because of the weather," Molitor said. "It was very cold, windy and rainy. Some of the greens had a lot of water on them."

Zajicek, who was tied for ninth after shooting 82 on Saturday, struggled on the front nine Sunday, finishing 8-over. She rallied on the back nine with seven pars and two bogeys.

Two more first-year Missionaries, Catelyn Webber and Elaine Whaley, shot 88 on Sunday. Sophomore Caitlin Holland completed Whitman's Sunday team score with a 91.

Erika Zinser, another first-year player, and sophomore Tate Head also played on Sunday, shooting 91 and 104, respectively.

Webber finished 15th in the individual scoring with a 36-hole score of 177.

Whaley, who lowered her Saturday score by six strokes on Sunday, finished in a three-way tie for 20th at 182. Zinser was part of that tie, despite losing 10 strokes to par on Sunday's final four holes.

Holland, who dropped her Sunday score by two strokes, finished with a 184 total.

Head shot 91 on Saturday but ballooned to a 104 in the closing round.

Puget Sound's Sarah Bicker shot 79 on Sunday - the only player to break 80 - and took medalist honors with a 157 total. She beat Whitworth's Emily Guthrie by two strokes and Brianna Nap of George Fox by four shots.


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