Pioneers drop to fifth despite improved scores after day two of Northwest Conference Spring Classic

Pioneers drop to fifth despite improved scores after day two of Northwest Conference Spring Classic

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Three of the four Pioneers saw improved scores after day two of the Northwest Conference Spring Classic but it wasn't enough to maintain their fourth place position. Better weather helped much of the field improve on their day one score as five of the seven teams saw their team scores drop. The Pioneers improved by 13 strokes to shoot a 373 but it wasn't enough to hold off Pacific Lutheran who carded a 362 to take fourth place away from the Pioneers by eight strokes. George Fox took the title with a team score of 647, besting second place Whitman by 30 strokes. George Fox's Iris Kawada, who is ranked fourth in the country, took the individual title with scores of 75-81-156. 

Senior Jane Almeida saw the biggest improvement for the Pioneers shooting a second round 83 to move her up seven spots on the leaderboard to 14th place. Almeida carded nine pars, the most for the Pioneers. Senior Tori Eichten and freshman Kamryn Ford matched scores again on day two with rounds of 93, improving on their day one totals by two strokes. Eichten recorded the only birdie of the day for the Pioneers en route for a six-over 41 on the front side but struggled on the back carding three triple bogeys. Ford kept big numbers off her card but struggled to make pars. Freshman Olivia Weaver did not improve on her day one score after a second round 104. Weaver had a solid front nine carding an eight-over 43, but like many competitors, this weekend struggled on the back nine.  

Deeper Look

  • Almeida had the biggest improvement in terms of leaderboard position of anyone in the tournament after jumping up seven spots
  • Eichten was only one-over on par-3s for the day after going 10-over on the par-3s on day one
  • Ford totaled eight pars for the tournament which puts her in the top-20 for total pars
  • Weaver averaged a 5.69 on par-4s for the tournament

Looking Ahead

The Pioneers take next weekend off before finishing out their season at the Northwest Conference Championships at Wine Valley Country Club in Walla Walla, Wash. on Apr. 27-28

Day 1

The Lewis & Clark Pioneers fought through the rain and wind to take fourth place out of seven teams after day one of the Northwest Conference Spring Classic at Olympic Golf and Country Club. Tori Eichten and Kamryn Ford lead the Pioneers with 95s to put them in a tie for 18th overall out of 39. Iris Kawada of George Fox leads the tournament with a first round 75. George Fox sits atop the team leaderboard after carding a 320. 

Eichten started the day off strong going one-over through the first three holes but struggled at the turn. Ford carded three pars on the front side but couldn't keep a couple of big numbers off of the card. Jane Almeida is one shot behind Eichten and Ford with a first round 96 to put her in 21st. Almeida carded the only birdie for the Pioneers with a three on the par 4 10th hole. Olivia Weaver is in 25th after a round one 100. Weaver recorded the only par for the Pioneers on the par 4 18th which is the longest par 4 on the course measuring 431 yards. 

Deeper Look

  • Eichten recorded the most pars for the Pioneers with five and is in eighth place overall in par 4 scoring (5.00)
  • Almeida was one of only 11 players to card a birdie
  • The Pioneers are only three strokes ahead of Pacific Lutheran 

Looking Ahead

The Pioneers compete in the final round of the NWC Spring Classic tomorrow with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.