George Fox rolls to win in Pacific event
No. 10 Bruins take victory by 49 strokes against Whitworth
NORTH PLAINS, Ore. – With three players in the top five spots, including medalist Kelsey Morrison - who won individual honors by 11 strokes - the George Fox University Bruins won the Pacific University Spring Invitational by 49 strokes as play concluded Sunday at the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Course.
George Fox, ranked 10th in the latest Golf World / National Golf Coaches Association national poll and eighth overall in the Golfstat.com ratings, shot a four-player score of 331 on Sunday on the par-71, 5,852-yard Ghost Creek course and finished with an overall score of 323-331 -- 654. Runner-up Whitworth University had a 357-346 -- 703, followed by Linfield College at 357-358 -- 715, Pacific Lutheran University at 384-383=767, and the University of Puget Sound at 424-398=822. Host Pacific had only three players and no team score.
Morrison was the only player to shoot a sub-80 round on either day, carding a two-day score of 75-78 -- 153. Also counting for the Bruins on Sunday were Brianna Nap with a final 85-80 --165 to tie for third, and Sarah Askin with a final 89-86 -- 175 to finish 12th. Two Bruins had 87s that could count: Mandy Cameron with an 80-87--167 to finish fifth, and Abby Mann with an 83-87--170 to tie for eighth. Jill Westendorf with a 98-89 -- 187 tied for 17th, and Lanee Danforth shot a 96-97 -- 193 to tie for 23rd.
Emily Guthrie of Whitworth took second with an 83-81 -- 164, and Brynn Hurdus of Linfield tied Nap for third with an 83-82 -- 165.
“I was really pleased how the team handled the challenge of Pumpkin Ridge this weekend,” said George Fox coach MaryJo McCloskey. “Due to the wet conditions, the course played very long and the rough was extremely difficult. Our ball striking and depth were the big differences. We do still have things to work on before the conference championship next weekend, and will be working hard in practice this week.”