OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Whitworth University women's golf team finished in third place at the Northwest Conference Spring Classic on Saturday and Sunday at the Olympia Golf and Country Club, moving up a spot from the squad's performance at the NWC Fall Classic in October.
Allie Slingsby finished in tenth place and was the Pirates' top individual. She shot 89-83 – 172 and posted Whitworth's best score during Sunday's second round.
Defending NWC Champion George Fox won the tournament to follow up its victory in the Fall Classic. The Spring Classic team scores were: George Fox 647, Whitman 677, Whitworth 706, Pacific Lutheran 751, Lewis & Clark 759, Puget Sound 795, Pacific (Ore.) 810. Neither Linfield nor Willamette were able to field complete teams.
The NWC Spring Classic, like the Fall Classic, counts as 25% of the final league standings. By winning both tournaments George Fox has taken a major step toward defending its conference title. The Bruins' Iris Kawada was the individual medalist with a score of 75-81 – 156 (+12).
Whitworth had finished behind GFU, Whitman and Lewis & Clark in the fall. By moving past the Pioneers, the Pirates can control their own destiny for a third place finish in the final conference standings.
Jaymie Pentony (85-91 – 176) tied for 11th place while Maggie Peters (86-91 – 177) finished in 13th place. Cheyenne Marchand (92-90 – 182) finished in 16th place, while Ali Brandt (91-95 - 186) tied for 18th position.
Whitworth will take on Whitman in a dual match next Saturday in its final tune up before the NWC Championship Tournament on April 27-28 at Wine Valley Golf Course in Walla Walla.