BANKS, Ore. – On a day when all but two of the 12 teams competing at the Pacific Invitational saw their scores balloon from Day 1 to Day 2 as a result of wet and windy weather, Linfield did not escape the damage but also maintained its eighth-place standing by the time action concluded Sunday at the Quail Valley Golf Club.
Abigail Heringer (Fr., Salem, Ore.) added 11 strokes to her first-round score, but still managed to finish tied for fifth with a 15-over-par 159. She was seven strokes behind medalist Catelyn Webber of Whitman and three behind the three players that shared second place.
Heringer hit for birdie on the first hole on a chip in, her third of the weekend, but struggled on the greens. Sinking putts proved difficult for the majority of the Wildcats, who left many shots just an inch or two away from the hole.
“I saw a lot of really good things happening in the short game yesterday and today,” said head coach Brynn Hurdus. “You just have those days where things don’t fall.”
Alexandria Smith (Sr., Bellingham, Wash.) finished tied for 29th with an 83-93-176. As the only Linfield golfer to shoot lower on Day 2 than on Day 1, Maggie Harlow (Soph., Hillsboro, Ore.) totaled 181 strokes (91-90) to place 39th overall. The sophomore also made a putt for birdie on the 16th hole.
Collectively, the Wildcats shot 359-383-742, taking seventh among Northwest Conference teams and eighth overall. Whitman, which was one stroke behind George Fox after the first round, leap-frogged the Bruins on Day 2, totaling 637 (310-327) strokes, three fewer than the defending league champions.
Erin Crofcheck (Soph., Prineville, Ore.) and Malika Reynolds (Soph., Hood River, Ore.) finished 63rd and 64th, respectively. Crofcheck carded a 113-115-225 while Reynolds made a nice putt for her third career par as part of her 111-122-233 performance.
“I was really impressed with how everyone did in the conditions,” Hurdus said. “Comparatively, as a team, everyone hit the ball better than we did yesterday. We just left a lot of putts out there. That’s what it really came down to.”
NEXT: The Wildcats head north for the PLU Invitational, Sept. 28-29 at Lake Spanaway Golf Course.
Sinks putt for birdie on 16th hole
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