ALOHA, Ore. – The Whitman College women’s golf team set a new program record for a single round and had the two highest individual finishes by a Division III program at the Culturame Classic, but it was not enough to knock off No. 7-ranked George Fox, who finished one stroke in front of the Missionaries to take the title here Sunday.
Nonetheless, it was a banner tournament for the Missionaries, who saw Kelly Sweeney and Catelyn Webber both shoot two-round totals of 151. Sweeney followed her opening round 76 with a 75 Sunday, and Webber fired a 1-over 74 after carding a 77 on the first day.
Their scores, combined with solid performances from the rest of the squad, provided a second-day tally of 309 – the lowest one-round score in program history by one stroke and the lowest round relative to par by four strokes.
Webber was 2-under for her round after the front nine. A triple bogey on the back was her only hiccup on the day, but she followed it with a birdie to finish 1-over.
Sweeney started out slowly and was 3-over after five holes, but then got it rolling and birdied twice, including the final hole, to finish just 2-over par.
Katie Zajicek shot a solid 79, and Lou Points and Alyssa Maine rounded out the Whitman scoring with 81s.
“We played really well against a field of top caliber teams and individuals from Division 1 schools,” said Whitman coach Skip Molitor. “This is a great showing and confidence booster for us as we head to the Fall Preview in Florida next week.”
The three-day tournament in Sandestin, Fla., sponsored by Golfweek magazine, will feature a national field Oct. 13-15.
The Bruins, who Whitman edged by three strokes at the Pacific Invitational two weekends ago, carded a 308 Sunday and finished three strokes in front of Whitman for the two-day tournament.
Sydney Maluenda was the top George Fox finisher, posting a 153 – two strokes back of Sweeney and Webber.
Cali Hipp of the University of Oregon was the top individual performer, carding a two-day total of even-par 146.