PEORIA, Ariz. — Kelsey Morrison captured her seventh individual title in eight tournaments this season as sixth-ranked George Fox pulled away from the rest of the field to win the Phoenix Invitational by 22 strokes on Saturday on the Lakes course at the Westbrook Village Golf Course.
The Bruins finished 43-over on the par-71 course with a two-day score of 611 (305, 306) for their second consecutive tournament win and fifth of the season. No. 2 Washington (Mo.) was the runner-up with a 633 (311, 322). Rounding out the field were Redlands (640), Baldwin-Wallace (643), No. 13 Gustavus Adolphus (656) and St. Mary’s (Ind.) (668).
Morrison, the Bruins’ two-time All-American, shot one-over-par each day to finish with a 144 (72, 72), closing the tournament with a birdie on the final hole. Tied for second behind her were two other Bruins, Abby Mann (152) and Loreece Magsanide (152). In fourth place was last year’s NCAA Division III Player of the Year, Olivia Lugar of Washington, who had a 153, while Amberlynn Dorsey of Redlands placed fifth with a 155.
The Bruins’ fourth counting score on Saturday came from Whitney Jammerman, who scored a 163 to finish 17th. Kiana Lumanlan recorded a 170 to tie for 30th. Playing as individuals, Hailey Ostrom shot a 162 to tie for 14th, and Melissa Nugent was 40th with a 182.
“I am really pleased with how we played over the last two days,” George Fox coach MaryJo McCloskey said. “It was an outstanding field of competition and we could feel the pressure. It’s exactly what our team needed, especially the younger players as we grow as a team. Now our focus will be on the Northwest Conference championship events.”