WOODBURN, Ore. – Though three-quarters of the team carded lower scores on Day 2, Linfield could not make up any ground in the team standings and finished seventh at the Northwest Conference Championship Tournament, which concluded on a cool but dry Sunday afternoon at the Oregon Golf Association Golf Course.
Alexandria Smith (Sr., Bellingham, Wash.) paced the Wildcats in their final tournament of the season, shooting 89-91-180. Despite not supplying the lowest round of the day for Linfield, she displayed the most consistency, shooting 46 on the front nine and 45 on the back nine. The junior finished just outside the Top 20, sharing 21st place.
One stroke back and playing in her final collegiate competition was Brinn Hovde. The senior recovered from a rough first day to finish with Linfield’s second-lowest score on Day 2, carding a 93-88-181. She shot for par seven times over the second round, improving five strokes from the previous afternoon.
Relying on a great short game, even on recently punched greens that were bumpy and hard to read, Maggie Harlow (Soph., Hillsboro, Ore.) showed the greatest improvement from Day 1 to Day 2, shaving 10 strokes off her first-round score to finish with a total score of 97-87-184. The freshman finished tied for 26th, and provided the highlight of the afternoon for the Linfield quad with a birdie on the par-3, 148-yard 13th hole.
Malika Reynolds (Soph., Hood River, Ore.), competing in her first season of collegiate golf, had two bogeys and dropped seven strokes from her score to finish with a two-day total of 139-132-271.
As a team, Linfield placed seventh with a cumulative score of 418-398-816. Led by medalist and NWC Women’s Golfer of the Year Kelsey Morrison, George Fox claimed its fourth straight conference crown and NCAA postseason berth with a two-day score of 321-317-638. Morrison topped runner-up Emily Guthrie of Whitman by eight strokes, carding a 75-77-152, eight over.
Behind George Fox, other team scores included: Whitman (342-320-662), Whitworth (335-338-673), Willamette (344-333-677), Pacific Lutheran (364-360-724), Pacific (390-373-763), Linfield (418-398-816) and Puget Sound (428-409-837).
The final NWC team standings exactly mirrored the results at the final tournament, with the exception of Whitworth and Willamette tying for third with 21 points. Taking into account a fifth-place finish at the NWC Fall Classic, seventh-place effort at the NWC Spring Classic and another seventh-place showing at the NWC Championship Tournament, the latter of which counts 50 percent toward the final league standings, Linfield finished seventh for the 2012-13 golf season with 10 points.
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