OREGON CITY, Ore. — With four players shooting in the 70s, the Whitman women’s golf team has seized the lead after the first round of the Northwest Conference Fall Classic.
The Missionaries shot their lowest round of the season, a 306 (18-over), to lead George Fox by four strokes.
Whitman’s first-place standing comes after Kelly Sweeney shot a 73 — the second lowest round of the day; George Fox’s Sydney Maluenda carded a 71 on the par-72, 5,817-yard layout at Stone Creek Golf Club.
The Missionaries’ Katie Zajicek sits in fourth after posting a 75. Catelyn Webber and Lou Points are in a logjam for seventh place after shooting 79s. Alyssa Maine carded an 84.
Willamette sits in third in the nine team field, posting 325. Whitworth (329) and Linfield (347) round out the top 5.
The Missionaries played the front-nine extremely well with Sweeney, Zajicek and Points all making the turn at even-par 36; Webber was one-over-par after nine.
The Fall Classic is the first tournament of the year that counts toward the conference championship. A team receives a point for each team it finishes in front of, thus, the champion of the Fall Classic will receive eight points.