Pios claim second at the NWC Championship

Pios claim second at the NWC Championship

TACOMA, Wash. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers finished the year as one of the top three teams in the Northwest Conference after taking second place overall in the NWC Championship, the final event of three that determines the conference champion.

The Pios finished one stroke ahead of No. 8 Whitman with back-to-back scores of 317 for a two-day total of 634. Whitman followed its 323 in Saturday's opening round at the Tacoma Country Club with a 312, but the Blues couldn't overcome Lewis & Clark's six-stroke lead entering the final day. George Fox won the championship with Rachel Drgastin winning the individual medalist title.

Annie McCutchan finished as Lewis & Clark's top individual, totaling a 13-over-par 157 after an 81 on Sunday. She ended in a tie with Whitman's Lou Points for seventh. She overcame a quadruple bogey on the eighth hole to shoot 38 on the back nine, including one birdie on the par-5 11th hole.

Sofia Vigil, who entered the final round tied with McCutchan for fourth, finished in 14th place after an 86 in the last round. She had a two-day total of 162.

Claire Burke remained in ninth place with back-to-back 79s, tied with Phoebe Nguyen of Whitman. Fellow senior Arielle Valdez was 16th overall with an 86-78-162 score.

Tori Eichten improved by 13 strokes in the final round, going from a 92 to a 79 to place alone in 22nd.

The total of 634 is Lewis & Clark's third-lowest of the season for a two-round tournament.

Lewis & Clark finished the year one point behind Whitman for second overall in the NWC championship standings after trailing the Blues by three points entering the NWC Championship tournament.

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An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the Pioneers finished second overall in the NWC standings.