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George Fox Athletics | March 31, 2014

George Fox wins UC Santa Cruz Spring Invitational by six shots

  George Fox won its third tournament of the season.

PACIFIC GROVE, Calif. -- George Fox's Sydney Maluenda, as well as the team, each won their third tournament of the 2013-14 season as the Bruins maintained their first-round lead and captured the UC Santa Cruz Spring Invitational that concluded Sunday at the Pacific Grove Golf Links.

After building a three-stroke lead on the first day, the Bruins doubled that margin on the second day to defeat Redlands by six shots. George Fox, ranked 14th in the NCAA Division III, shot a two-day score of 316-307=623, while 12th-ranked Redlands had a 319-310=629. Carleton, which is ranked 20th, came in third with a 329-312=641, followed by Whitworth at 335-329=664, Willamette at 343-333=676, host UC Santa Cruz at 354-343=697, Pacific Lutheran at 346-353=699, and Whittier at 371-363=734. Biola had three individuals competing but no team score.

Maluenda trailed first-round leader Hannah Durette of Redlands by five strokes after Saturday’s round, but stormed back with a 1-over-par 73 on Sunday on the par-72, 5,830-yard course to finish with a 6-over 150. Durette slipped back into a tie for second with a final 72-81=153 score, even with the Bruins’ Loreece Magsanide, who shot a 76-77=153. Taylor Wells of Carleton was fourth with a 79-76=155, and Charlene Dahlstrom of UCSC was fifth with an 82-74=156

Also counting for George Fox on Sunday were Madison Perry, who shot a final 82-77=159 (tied for sixth), and Hailey Ostrom, who carded an 81-80=161 (tied for 11th). Whitney Jammerman completed the Bruin fivesome with an 87-87=174 (tied for 34th). Competing as individuals for the Bruins were Melissa Nugent with an 85-78=163 (tied for 17th) and Kirbi Havemann with a 93-87=180 (tied for 38th).