OREGON CITY, Ore. – With three golfers carding season-low rounds, Linfield played its way into fifth place after the first round of the Northwest Conference Fall Classic, contested Saturday at the Stone Creek Golf Club.
Abigail Heringer (Fr., Salem, Ore.) once again paced the Wildcats, carding a collegiate career-low 72 over 18 holes. The freshman sits in third place, within striking distance of leaders Sydney Maluenda (71) of George Fox and Kelly Sweeney (73) of Whitman.
As a team, Linfield shot a cumulative score of 347, 59 strokes over par and its lowest total of the season by 11 strokes. The ‘Cats finished Day 1 three strokes ahead of Lewis & Clark, which defeated Linfield in a dual tournament the previous weekend.
Whitman leads the nine-team tournament with a 306, four strokes ahead of defending champion George Fox.
Alexandria Smith (Sr., Bellingham, Wash.) also posted a season-low score, shooting an 82, 10 strokes over par and one below her previous low of 2013. The senior sits in a five-way tie for 15th place. Maggie Harlow (Soph., Hillsboro, Ore.) shares 27th place with an 89.
Rounding out the scoring Wildcat contingent was Erin Crofcheck (Soph., Prineville, Ore.), who shaved seven strokes off her previous collegiate best. The first-year golfer carded a 102, good for a two-way tie for 38th place.
The NWC Fall Classic counts 25 percent toward determining the conference champion. Linfield placed fifth at the same tournament last fall before posting back-to-back seventh-place scores in the two major tournaments of spring.
AHEAD: Action concludes Sunday, again at Stone Creek.
Shoots career-low 102
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