BANKS, Ore. – On a day when the wind and the rain made conditions almost unplayable, the Whitman College women’s golf team persevered to win the Pacific Invitational by three strokes over No. 6-ranked George Fox and a field of 11 other teams at Quail Valley Golf Course Sunday.
After shooting a program-low 310 on Saturday, the Missionaries mustered a 327 in the inclement weather for total of 637.
The Bruins, who had led by one-stroke after the opening round, posted a 331 for a two-day total of 640.
In addition, Whitman’s Catelyn Webber took the medalist honors, carding a 79 for a two-round total of 152 – four shots better than her nearest competitor, Sydney Maluenda of George Fox.
“I am really pleased with the way we played in the tough conditions today,” said Whitman head coach Skip Molitor. “We just grinded away and did a great job hanging in there. This is a great win for us and any time you can bring home the trophy with George Fox in the field, given their great tradition, it’s even better.”
In the rainy conditions, Webber was still able to strike the ball exceptionally well, hitting 15 greens in regulation.
“I think having won that tournament gave Catelyn the confidence today to believe she could win, even though the conditions were so difficult,” said Molitor.
Whitman’s Lou Points tied for fifth with a two-day total of 159 (+15) in her first collegiate tournament.
“To finish in the top 5 in her first tournament is outstanding,” Molitor said.
Katie Zajicek matched her opening-round 80 for a 160 and a tie for seventh. Kelly Sweeney shot a 166 and Alyssa Maine a 167, with Elaine Whaley rounding out the Whitman lineup with a 169.
The Missionaries next play at the George Fox Invitational Oct. 5-6, at The Reserve Golf Course in Aloha, Ore.