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Golf teams take first place spots for 
individual standings in Willamette Cup

Men’s and women’s golf took the top spots in the Willamette Cup tournament April 14.

The women’s team was not able to finish the tournament for team results.

Senior Brinn Hovde tied for first with Willamette’s Mckenzie Weinhold. Both players completed the course in 86 strokes, 14 strokes above par.

Freshman Alexandria Smith came in sixth with 89 strokes.

Freshman Maggie Harlow was one stroke behind in seventh, with 90 strokes.

The men’s team finished first out of three teams at the Willamette Cup on April 14, with 295.

Host team Willamette University got second with 313 strokes.

Freshman Adam Ruben held the top spot for the Wildcats, taking first in the tournament. Ruben completed the course in 68 strokes, four below par.

Sophomore Taylor Klopp, freshman Kyle Hargave and junior Tommy Schmitz finished consecutively in third through fifth place.

Klopp finished with 74 strokes, while Hargave was one stroke behind with 75. Schmitz had one of his best finishes of the year with 78 strokes, just six above par.

Both teams will next compete at the Northwest Conference Championships on  April 20 and 21, which will determine who will get an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

The men’s team will be fighting to defend its title.

 

Ivanna Tucker/Sports editor

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Wildcats attend NWC Spring Classic, rain halts competition

Rain washed out the Wildcat golf teams April 7, ending the Northwest Conference Spring Classic a day early.

The men’s team fought through the rain and was able to earn itself third place during the first day of competition. All of the Wildcats on the men’s team finished in the top-25.

The top ranked golfers for the men’s teams were sophomore Ryan Nolan, who tied for fourth with Pacific Lutheran University’s Seth Nickerson and Whitworth University’s Oliver Rudnicki. The score for fourth place was 73 strokes, only one stroke above par.

Freshman Adam Ruban tied for ninth place and only out-scored sophomore Taylor Klopp by one stroke. Ruban only had 76 strokes, four strokes above par, while Klopp finished with 77 strokes.

Tommy Schmitz finished eighth with 80 strokes and Kyle Hargrave finished one stroke behind Schmitz but finished 24th.

While the men’s team finished close to the top, the women fell into seventh place.

The ‘Cats’ top performer for the women’s team was senior Brinn Hovde, who finished ninth with a score of 83, which is only 11 strokes above par.

Freshman Maggie Harlow tied for 16th with 87 strokes.

Junior Alexandria Smith came in 25th and sophomore Malika Reynolds tied for 36th place.

Both of the Wildcat golf teams will compete at the Willamette Cup Tournament on April 14.

Kaylyn Peterson / Copy chief

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Small returning team shows potential during first match

With nine returning members and a total team of 12, this is one of the smallest teams women’s tennis has seen in a few years.

“Typically we have two teams, but we didn’t have enough members this year to split in two,” sophomore Katie Krieger said. “It’s nice to have everyone on one team, practicing together, because we can see each other play and grow as a team.”

In the past, red and purple teams have divided competing and non-competing members. However, with the smaller numbers this year, a combined team has allowed all members the opportunity to compete.

“With a smaller team, we can get more individual attention from our coaches and improve as players,” Jernstedt said in praise of her team.

With two coaches, head coach Amy Dames Smith and assistant coach Brint Kingzett, the players will certainly get the support they desire.

“We have two amazing coaches. They’re both really helpful and have definitely led to my improvement these past two years,” Krieger said.

With one player back from an injury and another cleared after suffering from bronchitis, this weekend looks like it could turn out to be the comeback the Wildcats need to propel them toward the league championship.

The team fought for its first wins while at  home Feb. 23 and 24. The Wildcats defeated Whitworth University, 5-4 on Feb. 24 and George Fox University 7-2 on Feb. 23.

Women’s tennis hosted Pacific Lutheran University in its second league match of the season Feb. 15. A close loss at 4-5 marks a rocky season for the experienced team. This fourth match of the season is its fourth consecutive loss.

Even so, there is still hope that the season will turn around soon.

“Our first two matches [against Portland State and Santa Cruz] don’t count toward our league championship chances so there is still time to improve and have a great season,” sophomore Gretchen Jernstedt said.

 

Olivia Marovich/ Staff writer

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