Pioneers stay in third place despite 25 stroke improvement

Pioneers stay in third place despite 25 stroke improvement

BANKS, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers saw a 25 stroke improvement from day one to day two but it was not enough to allow them to climb out of third place finishing 26 strokes behind second place Corban. The Pioneers shot a team total 356 to give them a two day total of 737. The University of Victoria won the tournament with a two day total of 643. Victoria's Nicole Gargarella took home medalist honors with a tournament score of 157. The top five spots of the leaderboard went to Victoria. 

Tori Eichten led the Pioneers with a score of 82 giving her a two-day total of 171. Eichten finished in a tie for sixth overall along with Alexis Towner of Willamette and Delainey Patterson of Corban. 

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Key Moments

Eichten had a team-high two birdies on the way to her 82, a seven-stroke improvement from day one. Kamryn Ford also saw improvement from her day one total shooting an 84 which moved her up to 10th place. Jane Almeida saw the biggest stroke improvement for the Pioneers shooting 13 strokes better than day one. Her second-day 84 moved her up to 12th overall. Olivia Weaver finished out her first collegiate tournament with a second-day score of 106 putting her in 22nd place.

Deeper Look

  • Eichten's sixth-place finish is the second-best finish of her career behind only her fifth-place finish at the Willamette Cup in 2017. 
  • Ford's tenth place finish gives her the second top-10 finish of her career behind only her third-place finish at the Puget Sound Invitational in the fall. 

Day 1

The Lewis & Clark Pioneers women's golf team struggled through tough course conditions to place third after day one of competition at the Boxer Spring Opener. The Pioneers shot a combined team score of 381 to sit three strokes ahead of host Pacific.

Senior Tori Eichten leads the Pioneers with a score of 89 which puts her in a tie for eighth overall. The University of Victoria sits comfortably in first place, 36 strokes ahead of second place Corban. Victoria put all five golfers at the top of the leaderboard with Nicole Gargarella leading the pack with a 79. 

Coming in two strokes behind Eichten, Kamryn Ford shot a 91 to put her just out of the top-10. Jane Almeida shot a 97 and currently sits in 16th while Olivia Weaver, playing in the four spot shot a 104 in her collegiate debut. 

Looking Ahead

The Pioneers have a weekend off before returning to competition on Mar. 9-10 at the Puget Sound Spring Invitational.