RIDGEFIELD, Wash. — Whitman College continued to lose ground to first-place George Fox here Sunday, but the Missionaries fended off the rest of the field to finish in second place in the women’s Northwest Conference Fall Classic golf tournament at the Tri-Mountain Golf Course.
The Missionaries, who entered the tournament as a second favorite to the talented Bruins, shot 350 in the rain and cold on Saturday. They trailed George Fox by 36 strokes and led Whitworth and Linfield by a narrow seven-stroke margin in the battle for second place.
Led by Kelly Sweeney’s second-round 77 and Catelyn Webber’s 78, Whitman improved to 331 Sunday under equally wet but not as chilly weather conditions. That enabled the Whits to gain ground on everyone other than George Fox.
While the Bruins followed up a first-round 314 score with a second-day 315 for a 629 total that was 52 shots better than Whitman’s 681 score, Whitworth scored 335 Sunday and finished nine shots behind the Missionaries.
Kelsey Morrison, as expected, was the tournament medalist. After a first-round 75, the Bruins star shot a 1-over-par 73 Sunday for a 148 score that was good for a five-shot victory over Whitworth’s Emily Guthrie.
Guthrie, who opened with an 80, equaled Morrison’s second-round 73 for a 153 score that was eight shots in front of Kiana Lumanlan and Abby Mann of George Fox, who tied for third place. Lumanlan shot a second-round 81 and Mann shot 82.
Sweeney’s 77 on Sunday was a nine-shot improvement over her first-round score as she placed fifth in the field of 38 women with a 163 total. Webber’s 78 was 12 shots better than her Saturday score and she wound up in eighth place at 168.
Caitlin Holland and Katie Zajicek turned in Whitman’s two other counting scores. Holland shot 89 Sunday and Zajicek turned in an 87 that left them tied for 14th place at 175.
Tate Head turned in a 92 Sunday for a 183 that was good for a share of 22nd place.