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Pacific wins years first golf tourney

golf -- Pacific women are led to victory by a freshman at the season- opening tournament

The Pacific women's golf team made a successful start to the defense of their third straight Northwest Conference title Saturday as newcomer Jasmine Ching led the Boxers to victory at the Pacific Four-Way Tournament at Quail Valley Golf Course.

Ching, competing in her first collegiate tournament, led the Boxers to the team title by shooting an 18-hole score of 82. Ching shot consistent scores of 41 on both the front and back nine to finish two strokes ahead of last year's conference freshman phenom, Willamette's Whitney Ueno, and Linfield's Leslie Wheeler.

The Boxers finished with a team score of 346, four strokes ahead of second-place Linfield. Willamette was third at 412 and George Fox finished fourth in the team's first tournament with a combined score of 447.

Kelly Hartley tied with Linfield's Rachel Warrick for fourth place with a score of 87. Hartley had the competition's lowest round on the back nine, shooting a 40 on the links-style course.

Lindsey Huston shot an 88 for Pacific, and teammate Kari Schroeder fired an 89.

The same group of teams will meet again on Sept. 25 as Linfield hosts its version of the four-way tournament at the Michelbook Golf Course in McMinnville.