RICHLAND, Wash. – Fueled by the runner-up finish of senior Brynn Hurdus, Linfield shot its second straight 329 to end with a 658 total on Saturday on its way to taking third place at the Northwest Conference Championship Tournament at Columbia Point Golf Course in Richland, Wash.
The Wildcats slotted four golfers among the top 20 scorers. In addition to Hurdus, who carded 79-76-155, the Wildcats’ Katie Kilborn earned a tie for seventh place with a two-round total of 80-82-162. Brinn Hovde was 18th overall at 86-84-170 and Alexandria Smith (Sr., Bellingham, Wash.) scored 84-87-171 to share 19th place.
While unable to match its sizzling play from Friday’s first round, George Fox had no trouble holding off Whitman for the team title. In addition to winning the tournament title, George Fox also finishes atop the season-long conference standings, giving the Bruins the 2010-11 NWC title and an automatic berth in the NCAA Division III national championship tournament.
George Fox shot 316 in Saturday's closing round for a 36-hole score of 619. That Saturday score was 13 strokes higher than the Bruins carded on Friday, when they set a new single-round school record.
A young Whitman team, in second place after shooting 327 on Friday, went one stroke lower on Saturday to hold onto second place with a 653 total.
The Missionaries, who hosted the weekend tournament, also finished second in the season-long standings. Whitman placed fourth in last October's Fall Classic but then won the Spring Classic earlier this month.
Whitworth shot 340 on Saturday to nail down fourth place in the tournament at 676.
In the season-long scoring, however, Whitworth held onto third place, nipping Linfield by a single point in the final team totals.
Other team scores in this weekend's tournament: Pacific 342-361 703; Puget Sound 369-356 725; and Pacific Lutheran 370-363 733.
Playing for George Fox, Brianna Nap shot Saturday's low score (1-over par 73) to take medalist honors with a 36-hole score of 149. By winning the tournament, which wraps up the regular season, Nap also earns 2011 NWC Player of the Year honors.
Kelsey Morrison of George Fox tied Hurdus for second place.
Jill Westendorf, also playing for George Fox, placed fourth with scores of 74-82 156.
Hurdus, Nap, Morrison and Westendorf earned spots on the all-NWC team, joining the medalists from the Spring Classic (Whitman's Katie Zajicek) and Fall Classic (Puget Sound's Sarah Bicker). It was the fourth all-conference honor for Hurdus.
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