PORTLAND - Catelyn Webber and Katie Zajicek shot matching 79s on Sunday as Whitman College held tight to second place as the Northwest Conference Fall Classic ended its two-day run at Heron Lakes in Portland.
Whitman, which trailed George Fox by seven shots after Saturday's first round, lowered its team score by two strokes on Sunday, carding a 318 to finish with a 36-hole total 638.
Meanwhile, George Fox dropped its Sunday score by a single stroke, shooting 312 in the closing round to win the tournament with a two-day total of 625.
Other teams in the tourney had trouble keeping pace with the top two.
Willamette shot 329 on Sunday to take third place with a 671, finishing eight strokes in front of Linfield and 10 shots clear of Whitworth.
Pacific Lutheran, Pacific, Puget Sound and Lewis & Clark rounded out the field.
The Fall Classic counts for 25 percent of the year-long scoring used to determine the final conference standings.
By placing second this weekend, a resurgent Whitman team is off to a much better start than a year ago, when it was fifth at the same tournament. The Missionaries then rallied at the two spring tournaments to finish second overall.
Whitman's Tate Head, who shot a career-best 75 on Saturday, posted 80 on Sunday to take third in the individual scoring with a 155 total. Head finished in a fifth-place at the same tournament two years ago.
Two George Fox players, Megan McGrew and Kelsey Morrison, were first and second in this weekend's individual scoring, posting 36-hole scores of 150 and 152, respectively.
Elaine Whaley elevated her game in a big way on Sunday, completing Whitman's team score with an 80 that was 11 shots better than her Saturday score.
First-year Missionary Sarah Debs, after shooting 83 on Saturday, finished with an 81 on Sunday.
With rounds of 80 and 79 and a 159 total, Zajicek tied for fifth in the final individual standings. She also placed fifth at last year's tournament.
Webber (82-79 161) tied for eighth while Debs finished just outside the Top 10 in 12th place.
The tournament was held on the Green Back Course (5,813 yards) at Heron Lakes.
Martin shoots 1-under par 71, leads
Whitman men's team to third at Fall Classic
PORTLAND - With freshman Scott Martin shooting a 1-under par 71, Whitman College carded its best team score in more than a decade and jumped over two other schools on Sunday to finish third at the Northwest Conference Fall Classic at Heron Lakes in Portland.
Martin, who had Sunday's second-best individual score, paced the Missionaries to a 297 team total (top four golfers). That was low team score - by five strokes - in the closing round.
By shaving 18 strokes off its Saturday score, Whitman skipped past Pacific Lutheran and Whitworth to finish third with a 36-hole total of 612, six strokes behind second-place Linfield.
Puget Sound followed Saturday's 288 with a 305 on Sunday to take first place with a 593 team score.
Whitman's third-place finish was its best performance at the Fall Classic since 2000, when it also placed third.
Martin's Sunday score knocked six shots off his opening round 77, giving him a share of third place with a 148 total.
Pacific Lutheran's Dustin Hegge shot rounds of 68 and 76 to take medalist honors at 144. Puget Sound's Matt Kitto (69-77 146) was the runner-up.
Whitman's Geoff Burks also had a better round on Sunday, shooting a 1-over par 73 to tie for eighth place at 151.
Andrew Welch was five shots better in the closing round, firing a 75 to finish at 155.
Jonathan Standen completed Whitman's team score on Sunday with a 78. That was seven strokes better than his opening round and left him with a 163 total.
John Abercrombie also played for Whitman, shooting back-to-back rounds of 80 for a 160 total.
The tournament, which wraps up the fall golf season, counts for 25 percent of the team scoring used to determine the final season-long standings.
The men's classic was played on the Great Blue Course (6,491 yards) at Heron Lakes.