DIII golf — George Fox womens golf team places four in the top nine en route to a 30-stroke win

KENNEWICK, Wash. — Four was the magic number for the George Fox women’s golf team, which put four players in the top nine to win its fourth tournament of the year, the Northwest Conference Spring Classic, Saturday and Sunday at the Canyon Lakes Golf Course.

If that wasn’t enough, Sydney Maluenda captured medalist honors for the fourth time as well.

George Fox finished with a two-day score of 660 after rounds of 323 and 337 on the par-72, 5,864-yard course, well ahead of runner-ups Whitworth and Willamette, who tied for second at 690. Whitman College, which won the NWC Fall Classic, was fourth with a 695, followed by Lewis & Clark College (737), Pacific Lutheran (759), Linfield (798), Pacific (813) Puget Sound (848).

Maluenda shot a four-over-par 76 Sunday, the only sub-80 round of the day, and won easily by a 12-shot margin with her final score of 153. Next was Taneesh Sra of Willamette at 165 and GFU’s Melissa Nugent at 166.

Also scoring for the Bruins Sunday were Madison Perry with a 171 which tied her for seventh, and a 172 by Hailey Ostrom, which earned her ninth place. Loreece Magsanide completed the Bruins’ fivesome and was 14th at 176.

“I'm just really thrilled with how this young team handled the brutal conditions and pin placements and fought hard out there both days,” head coach MaryJo McCloskey said. “It was a game of survival, as hitting it close to the pin was extremely difficult.”

With both the Fall and Spring Classics in the books, the standings toward the overall NWC championship have George Fox leading with 15 points, followed by Whitman at 13, Willamette at 12.5, Whitworth at 11.5, Lewis & Clark at 8, Pacific Lutheran at 6, Linfield at 4, Pacific at 2 and Puget Sound at 0.


George Fox 9, Puget Sound 0 — Josh Rapacz slammed a two-run home run and the Bruins collected 14 hits to slam the last-place Loggers.

George Fox 9-8, Puget Sound 0-0 — Bruin pitchers have not allowed a run since the fifth inning of their March 29 contest at Whitworth. Ian Buckles (5-0) got the win in game one, with Tom Zarosinski (6-2) cruising in the night cap.

Men’s tennis

George Fox 8, Whitworth 1 — The Bruins took all three doubles matches and lost their only match at No. 4 singles, where Chase Stalcup fell 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-4) to Blake Miller.

Whitman 9, George Fox 0 — The Missionaries established a clear pecking order at the top of the NWC by blanking the Bruins Sunday in Newberg.

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