MISSION, Ore. – On a day when all but two teams saw their second-round scores soar higher than their first-round totals Sunday at the Northwest Conference Spring Classic at Wildhorse Golf Club, the Linfield women’s golf team followed suit, though the Wildcats’ effort was enough to maintain their hold over fourth place in the final team standings.
George Fox, the only squad to post a lower score for the second 18 holes than it did for the first, won the tournament by 30 strokes with a cumulative score of 312-308=620. The Bruins were paced by Kelsey Morrison, who recorded back-to-back rounds of one-under-par 71 to claim medalist honors by a whopping nine strokes (71-71=142).
Nicole Lomax of Whitworth placed second with a two-day total of 77-76=15 and three players tied for third place with 158 total strokes.
After sitting in a tie for fourth place after the first round, Hannah Christianson slid down to 10th place by the conclusion of Day 2. She finished with a two-day total of 78-87=165, 21 strokes over par.
Sophie Corr carded an 85-86=171, good for 16th place. Teammate Alexandria Smith (Jr., Bellingham, Wash.) was one stroke back in 17th place with a two-day total of 83-89=172.
Brinn Hovde (Sr., Bellingham, Wash.) saw her second-round score jump by only one stroke and finished in 21st place with an 87-88=175. Lydia Smith, whose first-round score counted toward the team total, was 31st (85-105=190).
Whitman, the host school, placed second (320-330=650) and was followed by Whitworth (328-330=658), Linfield (331-351=681), Willamette (338-352=690), Pacific Lutheran (356-360=716), Pacific (385-385=770) and Puget Sound (419-438=857). With only two golfers entered in the tournament, Lewis & Clark did not compile a team score.
NEXT: The Wildcats have one more test before the Northwest Conference Championships, scheduled for April 21-22 at the Columbia Point Golf Course. Linfield will compete in the Willamette Invitational at Illahe Hills Country Club April 14-15.
Fifth top-10 finish of the year
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