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The Wildcat golf teams got off to their second tournament of the year, participating in the Pacific Spring Invitational at The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club’s South Course on March 9 and 10.
The men’s team, coming off a rough final round at Callaway Gardens Intercollegiate, posted the third lowest round March 9, the first day of competition at the Pacific Spring Invitational.
The team was led by junior A.J. Taylor, who shot a 75, and was placed in fifth overall with one day left.
“Our team is solid and performing well,” Taylor said. “There is good competition, however, which means we need to perform and show up to each and every tournament if we want to win.”
The Wildcats took control of the invitational on March 10.
Led by sophomore Taylor Klopp’s 73, the Wildcats won the tournament with an overall score of 612.
Klopp shot the lowest two rounds for the team, placing third overall in the tournament with a 150.
Sophomore Taylor Pirnke finished in 10th with a 154.
Freshman Adam Ruben shot the third lowest score for the ’Cats with a 155, finishing in 11th.
Sophomore Ryan Nolan and Taylor both shot 158, leaving them tied for 17th.
The Wildcats fielded a second team, finishing fifth in the tournament with a score of 640. This group of five finished ahead of conference foes Willamette University, Pacific University and Lewis and Clark University.
The women’s team had a different experience at the Pacific Spring Invitational.
After taking the top two individual places at the Pacific Lutheran Invitational on March 3, the Wildcats fared differently.
The ’Cats placed seventh at the seven-team Pacific Spring Invitational, shooting an 816.
Junior Alexandria Smith was a standout for the Wildcats, as she placed seventh overall, shooting an 167 on the weekend, the top finish by any athlete not from George Fox.
Senior Brinn Hovde was right behind Smith, shooting a 168, tying for eighth.
The women’s next tournament is the George Fox Spring Preview on March 24 at the Oregon Golf Association Golf Course. The men hit the greens March 25 at the West Cup at Goose Creek Golf Club.
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Finishing in the top 10 in the Northwest Conference Fall Classic would be a great accomplishment for any female golfer, especially for a freshman. But Maggie Harlow did just that for the Wildcats at the 2012 edition of the tournament.
Harlow, joined her older brother, senior Jordan Harlow, at Linfield after four years at Glencoe High School in Hillsboro, Ore., where she competed in golf, basketball and soccer.
An elementary education major, Harlow was able to become familiar with classes and life at Linfield during the fall.
“I was already pretty familiar with Linfield because of Jordan,” Harlow said. “I really like it here. I like the small class sizes.”
Not long into her first semester, Harlow’s golf season began, where she joined the other Linfield golfers.
“I love the coach [Brynn Hurdus],” Harlow said. “It’s fun to be in a competitive setting.”
Harlow started off the fall season decently, finishing in the middle of the pack in both of her first two tournaments.
But when the Linfield Classic came to Michelbook Country Club, Harlow’s game turned up a notch. The freshman placed first in the dual tournament versus Corban College, shooting an 81.
“My best tournament was at Michelbook,” Harlow said.
Playing great golf, Harlow was able to place 10th at the NWC Fall Classic, shooting 170 during the two rounds. Her play, along with junior Alexandria Smith’s, led the Wildcats to a fifth place finish in the eight-team tournament.
“I was happy with being in the top 10 in the conference tournament,” Harlow said. “I want to get better in the spring.”
Taking the winter off, Harlow started the spring season March 3. Going into this season, Harlow has some personal and team goals.
“I want to be more consistent,” Harlow said. “I would like to shoot in the low 80s and even break 80. I would like to place better in the Spring Classic, and I hope the team places third.”
Harlow has already started her spring campaign at the Pacific Lutheran Invitational. Harlow tied for sixth at the one day tournament.
The Wildcats continue their season at the Pacific Invitational on March 9 and 10.
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Both golf teams showcased a positive start at their tournaments this weekend.
The men’s golf team fell from a tie for fourth place to 12th after the final round of the Berry Invitation on March 2 and 3 at Callaway Gardens.
Reigning champion Oglethorpo University held the top spot with a 292, the Wildcats finished with 310.
Freshman Adam Ruben was a standout. He finished the first day with a 74 and finishing the tournament in 23rd place with a 156, only 12 over par.
After the first day, sophomore Taylor Klopp finished in 25th place. At the end of the tournament, Klopp ended in 45th place with a score of 161.
Sophomores Ryan Nolan and Taylor Pirnke shared 35th place at the end of the first day and then Nolan finished 38th and Pirnke fell to 73rd.
The women’s golf team competed at the Pacific Lutheran Invitational on March 2 and 3.
It did not get to finish because of the lack of light causing scores to be based on 16 holes.
Junior Ali Smith finished first overall with 77, followed by senior Brinn Hovde with 88. This was the first top five finish for Hovde.
Freshman Maggie Harlow tied for sixth place with a 92.
The women’s golf team will next compete at the Pacific Invitational on March 9 and 10 at the Reserve.
The men’s team will next compete at the Pacific Invitation on March 9 and 10 at the Reserve.
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A whistle blows, and immediately, the yelling begins. Players run for the ball as other teammates shout commands and support. One player drops the ball and laughs, apologizing before picking it up with her lacrosse stick and continuing on with the scrimmage.
By just watching, one would never realize that Linfield’s women’s lacrosse team struggled for numbers this season. And its not the only team, either.
Linfield’s women’s golf team also struggled for players this season, and is barely scrapping by with a team of four, although it is technically a full team.
“We have enough to fill a team, but for the most part, we could use a couple more girls,” said Samantha Smith, the head coach of the women’s lacrosse team and Linfield alum.
Currently, women’s lacrosse has 14 players, but is hoping to get up to at least 16 or 17 to have more subs available.
Women’s golf is hoping to get up to about six or seven players next season.
The low numbers this year for both women’s golf and women’s lacrosse could be because of both the head coaches being new this year and not having enough time to recruit new members.
“It was tough for the women’s [golf] team because it had a coach step in partway through the season,” said Brynn Hurdus, the head coach of women’s golf and also Linfield alum.
Halfway through last season, the old women’s golf coach had to leave after saying he was too busy with work.
Another coach stepped in who had no previous experience coaching women’s golf, and Hurdus was hired in the summer. But it was too late, Hurdus said, and she couldn’t do any recruiting for this year’s team.
“I’ve talked to a lot of recruits, and it looks like we’ll have numbers back up for next year,” Hurdus said.
Smith has also been recruiting women through emailing previous players and other women on the team asking their friends to come out and play. So far, they were able to get three new players.
“It’s a huge relief,” Smith said. “Being a first-year coach, you don’t want to have to forfeit every game because you don’t have enough girls coming out.”
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The Linfield golf teams both competed at the Northwest Conference Championship on April 21 and 22. The men played at the Canyon Lakes Golf Course in Kennewick, Wash., while the women’s team competed at Columbia Point Golf Course in Richland, Wash.
The Linfield women’s golf team placed fifth at the Northwest Conference Championships on Saturday and Sunday.
Whitman College, George Fox University and Whitworth University were the top three teams after the two-day tournament in Richland, Wash.
On Saturday, Linfield was in fourth place, with a total of 358.
Sophomore Alexandria Smith placed highest out of the Linfield women on the first day, placing ninth out of 40 players.
Wildcats senior Sophie Corr placed 14th, junior Brinn Hovde placed 16th, sophomore Hannah Christianson placed 23rd and senior Lydia Smith placed 27th.
On Sunday, Linfield slipped into fifth place in the conference, with a total of 699.
“The first day we played alright, but we definitely struggled [on Sunday],” Alexandria Smith said. “For me, it was the little shots that got in the way of scoring well.”
Smith once again placed highest for Linfield, tying for 14th place with Elizabeth Martin from Whitworth.
Corr placed 20th, Hovde placed 21st, Christianson placed 27th, and Lydia Smith placed 29th.
On the men’s side, the Wildcats placed first out of the nine NWC teams.
With a score of 596, Linfield beat Whitworth University by a mere three points.
The Wildcats had three men in the top-10. Defending his conference title, senior Alex Fitch nabbed first and finished with a score of 142 strokes.
Tying for fourth, freshman Connor Magnuson finished the game in 149 strokes.
Fellow freshman Taylor Klopp was in a three-way tie with Whitworth University’s Joey Degroff and Willamette University’s Cody Plofker.
The final two members of the men’s golf team placed in the top-30. Sophomore A.J. Taylor landed in 17th place, while Tommy Schmitz finished in 30th.
The men’s team earned its fourth NWC title win for the last five seasons.
As the women’s season comes to an end, the men’s team will continue on to the next round, where it will play in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III Championships.
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