McCutchan takes individual title to help Pios finish in second place

McCutchan takes individual title to help Pios finish in second place

TACOMA, Wash. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers, ranked 25th in the nation, placed second at their first event of the season, the Pacific Lutheran Invitational, after shooting a team total of 643. 

Annie McCutchan, who shot even-par on the first day, finished in first place after a day-two 78 on Sunday at Spanaway Golf Course. It is the first collegiate medal for the sophomore.

The Pios finished behind Whitman, which won the event with a 620 team total. 

Mady Rhodenbaugh finished with an 80-79-159 two-day total, followed by Claire Burke's 85-80-165. The other two golfers who contributed to the team total were Tori Eichten (87-82-169) and Sofia Vigil (89-82-171).

Jane Almeida, playing as an individual, had the Pios' third-best total after an 81-80-161.

In her first collegiate competition, freshman Annika Clunk improved by five strokes during her second round to finish 86-81-167. Abbi Rautenberg posted an 86-83-169 and Maggie Carey shot 88-89-177.

Arielle Valdez had a great second day, improving by 14 strokes to finish 94-80-174.

The No. 25 Pioneers travel to Indianapolis next weekend for the Depauw Invitational.

First Round (Saturday, Sept. 10)

The Lewis & Clark Pioneers are off to a good start to the fall season as the 25th-ranked women's team sits in second place after Saturday's opening round of the Pacific Lutheran Invitational at Spanaway Golf Course.

Annie McCutchan leads the way, currently sitting in first place overall after an even-par 72.

Lewis & Clark's 324 is 12 strokes behind Whitman in the team standings. The final round is on Sunday.

Mady Rhodenbaugh, a sophomore with McCutchan, finished with an opening round 80, followed by Claire Burke's 85. Tori Eichten posted an 87 and Sofia Vigil finished with an 89.

The Pioneers also had five players competing as individuals. Jane Almeida led that group with an 81, five strokes better than the Pios' only freshman, Annika Clunk, who posted an 86 in her first-ever collegiate tournament.

Abbi Rautenberg shot an 86 in the first tournament of her senior year. Her classmate, Arielle Valdez, posted a 94, with sophomore Maggie Carey shooting in-between with an 88.

Lewis & Clark started the season at No. 25 in the Golfstat NCAA Division III Relative Rankings.