MISSION, Ore. - Led by Kelsey Morrison's 1-under par 71, George Fox has taken an eight-stroke lead over its nearest competitor after Saturday's opening round of the women's Northwest Conference Spring Classic here at the Wildhorse Golf Course.
The Bruins carded a 312 team score (top four individuals) to take the top spot headed to Sunday's closing round.
Whitman, the tournament host, is in second place at 320 followed by Whitworth at 328 and Linfield at 331.
Rounding out the first-round team scores are Willamette 338, Pacific Lutheran 356, Pacific 385, and Puget Sound 419. With just two golfers on hand, Lewis & Clark was unable to post a team score.
Morrison was one of five players to break 80. Willamette's Nicole Smith is five strokes off the pace after shooting a 76.
Whitworth's Nicole Lomax shot 77 for Saturday's third-best score. Linfield's Hannah Christianson and Whitman's Elaine Whaley are tied for fourth at 78.
Two players for Whitman, Sarah Debs and Catelyn Webber, and two for George Fox, Abby Mann and Jill Westendorf, are part of a five-player logjam at 80. That group also includes Whitworth's Emily Guthrie.
Results from the Spring Classic count for 25 percent of the season-long scoring used to determine the final NWC standings and crown a conference champion.
Sunday's second and final round is set to get started with the first tee times at 11:30 a.m.