Whitman women second at NWC golf championships


WOODBURN, Ore. — No. 10 nationally-ranked George Fox was crowned as team champion and Whitworth’s Mychal Schuster took medalist honors during the Northwest Conference women’s golf championship that wrapped up Sunday at the Oregon Golf Association Course.

The Bruins, who garnered the NWC’s automatic bid into the NCAA Division III tournament with this weekend’s triumph, finished with a 36-hole score of 637 after shooting a 318 in Sunday’s final round.

George Fox finished 30 strokes ahead of second-place and 13th-ranked Whitman, which shot a 334 Sunday and ended up with a 667 total.

Schuster concluded play with a six-over par 152 following a 79 on Sunday. She carded an even-par 73 in the opening round on Saturday.

Missionary Katie Zajicek finished in a fourth-place tie with Lewis & Clark’s Claire Burke in the race for top individual golfer at 160. Zajicek, still nursing a rib injury, shot 81 Sunday after gutting out a 79 on Saturday.

Whitman’s Catelyn Webber also cracked the top 10. Her 165 total (83-82) left her in a tie for sixth position on the individual ladder with of Hailey Ostrom of George Fox.

Both Zajicek and Webber earned spots on the all-NWC first team for their efforts.

The remainder of Whitman’s counting scores on Sunday were penciled by Elaine Whaley (85) and Lou Points (86).

Alyssa Maine shot a non-counting 89 on Sunday.

Points and Maine tied for 19th individually with 173 totals. Whaley was 21st (174).

“We had tough conditions,” Whaley said of the elements that included wind, rain, and hail. “But we played pretty well. It was a good tournament.”

Whitman’s NCAA tournament fate will be decided within the next week, Whaley said.

“We’re hoping for an at-large berth,” Whaley said. “It was important to finish second (in the NWC). That was pretty positive for us.”


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