Pioneers take second at the Willamette Valley Cup

Pioneers take second at the Willamette Valley Cup

SALEM, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers placed four golfers in the top seven spots en route to a second place finish at the Willamette Valley Cup. The Pioneers improved by one stroke over their day one total to shoot a 341. Corban took the team title with a two day total of 664, 19 strokes better than the Pioneers. Casey Jansen of Corban took the individual title after a round of 73 to give her a two day total of 148. 

Annie McCutchan carded a day two 80 to move up into a tie for second along with Delainey Patterson of Corban. McCutchan totaled three birdies on the day and played her back nine in two-over. Freshman Kamryn Ford finished six strokes back of McCutchan in fourth place after a round of 85. 

Tori Eichten started the day in 10th place but a round of 86 moved her to sixth. Eichten made the turn at four-over but struggled to card a par on the back side. Jane Almeida finished one spot behind Eichten in seventh after a round of 90. Almeida made a birdie on the par-4th seventh. Freshman Olivia Weaver saw an improvement on her day one score with a round of 99 to put her in a tie for 17th.

Elizabeth Moretti, playing as an individual, also saw an improvement on her day one score with a round of 111 to put her in 19th. With groups starting their day on the tenth hole, Moretti got off to a rough start with a double bogey on the first hole but turned it around to birdie the par-3 11th hole.

Deeper Look

  • McCutchan has not finished lower than second in a tournament this spring 
  • Eichten had her third top-10 finish in as many tournaments
  • Ford and McCutchan led the field in par-5 scoring (5.20)
  • Almeida's seventh-place finish is her best finish this season

Day 1

The Lewis & Clark Pioneers placed four golfers in the top-10 after day one of the Willamette Valley Cup en route to a team total 342. The Pioneers enter day two 17 strokes behind first-place Corban and have a comfortable 40 stroke lead on third place Pacific. Delainey Patterson and Casey Jansen, both of Corban, lead the field with rounds of 75.

Annie McCutchan led the Pioneers with a round of 81 to put her in third place overall. McCutchan fired a 39 on her second nine, going one over in her final five holes. Freshman Kamryn Ford finished one stroke behind McCutchan to place fourth. Ford made the turn at seven-over but redeemed herself with a birdie to start her second nine. 

Jane Almeida finished day-one with a 16-over 88 to put her in seventh. After a double bogey to start the day Almeida turned it around carding five pars on her front nine to make the turn at 5-over. Also making the top-10 Tori Eichten carded a first round 91. Eichten struggled to keep some big numbers off the card coming down the stretch but managed six pars on the day. Olivia Weaver rounded out the top-five for the Pioneers with a round of 102 to put her in 16th place. Weaver had a 10 stroke improvement from the front side to the back.

Elizabeth Moretti, playing as an individual for the Pioneers, fired a round of 113 to put her inside the top-20.

Deeper Look

  • McCutchan is tied for first in par-3 scoring (3.00) and tied for first for total number of pars (11)
  • Eichten and Ford were both 5-over on par-4s which is the third best of the field
  • Ford was the only Pioneer to record a birdie today

Looking Ahead

The Pioneers are off for spring break but return to competition at the Whitworth Invitational at Kalispel Golf Club in Spokane, Wash. on Apr. 6-7