RIDGEFIELD, Wash. – Linfield posted its lowest round of the season on the final day of the Northwest Conference Fall Classic, but slipped from a tie for third into sole possession of fifth place at the conclusion of play Sunday afternoon at the Tri-Mountain Golf Course.
Enjoying better weather conditions on Day 2, with the rain only starting to fall once teams wrapped up, the Wildcats shaved 11 strokes off their opening round score. Whitworth and Willamette doubled Linfield’s improvement, however, to move past the ‘Cats in the standings.
Helped by Elise Levy’s hole-in-one on No. 17, the Bearcats bested the Linfield women by a single stroke, 704 to 705, to finish fourth.
Individually, Wildcat teammates Maggie Harlow (Fr., Hillsboro, Ore.) and Alexandria Smith (Jr., Bellingham, Wash.) finished tied for 10th place at 170 strokes, 26 over par. Harlow recorded one of her best rounds of the year and improved upon her Day 1 score by two strokes (86-84-170), while Smith registered Linfield’s lowest score of the tournament with an 82 over the final 18 holes (88-82-170).
Sophie Corr was 17th with a two-day total of 90-87-177.
Despite adding two strokes to her opening-round score, Brinn Hovde (Sr., Bellingham, Wash.) played her most confident golf of the year. She finished just inside the top 25, carding a 93-95-188 to place 24th overall.
Linfield’s fifth golfer, Erin Heltsley, was one off her career-low on the second round, shooting 108. Her score did not factor into the team total, but recorded one of the Wildcats’ highlights with a chip-in from a bunker on the second hole. She finished 34th with a score of 109-108-217.
“I am so proud of the team,” said head coach Brynn Hurdus. “They all had great attitudes. Even when they did have that bad hole, they went right to the next hole and parred it or were right back in it.”
Hurdus joked that the good weather was almost a disadvantage for the Wildcats, who play extremely well in the rain. But she certainly enjoyed watching her players hit the fairways and sink putts with regularity, especially on a course with difficult pin placement.
George Fox was the only team that did not register a lower score for the second round, but it hardly mattered as the Bruins were already miles ahead of their Northwest Conference opponents. By placing all four golfers in the top six, including medalist Kelsey Morrison, George Fox defended its NWC Fall Classic title and gained an early lead in the race for the league championship.
The Bruins totaled 629 strokes, ahead of Whitman (681), Whitworth (692), Willamette (704), Linfield (705), Pacific Lutheran (742), Pacific (793) and Puget Sound (855).
The NWC Fall Classic marks the conclusion of the fall golf season.
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