BANKS, Ore. -- The 25th-ranked Lewis & Clark Pioneers placed in the top-two for the second time this fall after winning the team championship at the Pacific Invitational on Sunday afternoon.
The Pioneers bested Pacific Lutheran by nine strokes for the team title with a score of 317-313-630. Whitworth and Pacific finished in the final two spots at Quail Valley Golf Course.
Annie McCutchan, who also won the individual medalist honor at Lewis & Clark's first tournament this fall, finished in first place after back-to-back 77s. The sophomore's 144 was 10-over-par.
"I just trusted my swing and played my own game," said McCutchan. "I also made sure to not let my emotions get the best of me and kept it together that way."
Seemingly, all of the Pioneers did that over the weekend. After Saturday's opening round, Lewis & Clark held six of the tournament's top-10 spots with five finishing there.
Like Eichten, Arielle Valdez was playing as an individual. The senior shot the exact same scores as freshman Annika Clunk, just in reverse. Valdez posted an opening-round 79 before shooting 91 on Sunday, whereas Clunk improved by 12 strokes after posting a 91 on Saturday.
The only tournament the Pios haven't finished in the top two was last weekend's Dan Quayle Collegiate Classic, which featured five other top-25 teams, including host DePauw University. Lewis & Clark finished runner-up to Whitman at the PLU Invitational two weeks ago.
The Pioneers will compete next weekend at the George Fox Invitational, which is the team's final tune-up before the Northwest Conference Fall Classic on Oct. 8-9.
Posted: Sept. 24, 2016
Lewis & Clark fills six of the top-10 spots after the first round of the Pacific Invitational. The 25th-ranked Pioneers are in first place, two strokes ahead of Pacific Lutheran, after Saturday's opening round at Quail Valley Golf Course.
Annie McCutchan is seeking her second medalist honor in the first three events of the fall. The sophomore sits one stroke off the lead after a 5-over-par 77. She won the PLU Invitational two weeks ago, where the Pios won the team title.
"The team is very excited for Sunday because we can go very low and close out the tournament with a win," said Burke, who led the Pios at the Dan Quayle Collegiate Classic last weekend. "I played really well. Just had some bogeys on the back nine that made my score turn into a 79."
Burke, Rhodenbaugh and Valdez lead teammate Jane Almeida by three strokes. Almeida is in eighth place with Pacific Lutheran's Anela Barber after an opening-round 82.
Lewis & Clark's first tee time on Sunday is 10:56 a.m. when Clunk goes out. McCutchan starts at 11:28 a.m. before Valdez and Eichten close out the Pios in the field at 11:36 a.m.