Pioneers’ consistent play moves them up a spot in Culturame Classic final round

Pioneers’ consistent play moves them up a spot in Culturame Classic final round

ALOHA, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers followed their opening-round 323 with a 326 on Sunday in the final round of George Fox's Culturame Classic at The Reserve and Vineyards Golf Club.

The 25th-ranked Pios moved ahead of Corban to finish in fourth place as a team in the event. Entering Sunday's play, Lewis & Clark was in fifth by four strokes.

Annie McCutchan notched the Pioneers' best finish, placing fifth with a 10-over-par, 75-81-156. The sophomore, who has won two tournaments already this fall, finished in a four-way tie, 11 strokes behind individual medalist Sydney Maluenda of George Fox, which won the tournament. Whitman and Redlands were second and third, respectively.

Only three Lewis & Clark competitors improved upon their first-round total. Claire Burke entered the final round in 20th place, but moved up to 14th after a final-round 79, four strokes better than her Saturday score. Freshman Annika Clunk was two strokes better on Sunday to finish with an 84-82-166 and a top-20 finish for her third-straight tournament. Finishing in 23rd place, Tori Eichten followed an 85 with an 83.

Arielle Valdez placed 15th after shooting 86 to follow her day-one 77. Mady Rhodenbaugh totaled 81-83-164 to finish 18th. Jane Almeida ended the tournament with an 84-88-172.

The Pioneers compete next at the Northwest Conference Fall Classic, which is the first event of the NWC's three-tournament championship series. Last season, Lewis & Clark finished fourth at the NWC Fall Classic before ended the year in third.

First Round

Posted: Sept. 30, 2016

A two-time medalist already this fall, Lewis & Clark sophomore Annie McCutchan is six strokes off the lead after Friday's first round of the Culturame Classic at The Reserve and Vineyards Golf Club.

McCutchan posted a 2-over-par 75 and is tied for second place, six back of George Fox's Sydney Maluenda.

Arielle Valdez put up a 77, four strokes over par, and is in a five-way tie for sixth. The score is Valdez's second in the 70s in her last three rounds. She shot a 79 in the first round of the Pacific Invite last week.

Five other Pios span 17th to 24th place. Mady Rhodenbaugh leads that pack with an 81, followed by Claire Burke's 83 and Jane Almeida and Annika Clunk's 84. Burke is in 20th with the other pair in 21st. Tori Eichten shot an 85 and sits in 24th.

Valdez and Clunk are playing as individuals, so their scores don't count toward the team total.

The final round is on Saturday.