Pioneers drop to fourth at NWC Championships to close out season

Pioneers drop to fourth at NWC Championships to close out season

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers improved by 19 strokes to shoot 328 for a two day total of 675 to take fourth place at the NWC Championships at Wine Valley Country Club. The Pioneers started the day in a three-way tie for third place along with Whitworth and Pacific Lutheran. Whitworth improved by 26 strokes to take third while Pacific Lutheran shot a 343 on day two to fall to fifth. 

Whitman took home the title with a score of 301 featuring four scores in the 70s. Whitman trailed George Fox by three strokes going into the day. Whitman's Shiyang Fan took medalist honors with scores of 76-75-151. This is Fan's 13th collegiate victory. 

Senior Annie McCutchan paced the Pioneers on day two with a three-over round of 75, a nine-stroke improvement over day one. McCutchan carded three birdies on the back to shoot an even 36 for the side. McCutchan's two day total of 159 puts her in a tie for sixth place overall. Senior Jane Almeida also carded a round in the 70s with a 79 to finish in solo 19th with a two-day total of 169. Almeida had two birdies on the back side and finished one-under through her final seven holes. 

Senior Tori Eichten improved by eight strokes over day one to shoot a round of 87. Eichten had eight pars on the day and finished in a tie for 25th with a two day total of 182. Freshman Kamryn Ford recorded a top-15 finish with a two day total of 165 after a round of 87. Ford also had eight pars on the day. Freshman Olivia Weaver recorded a career-best round of 87 to finish in a tie for 25th along with Eichten. Weaver was only one-over through her final six holes and recorded a birdie on the 395 yard par-3 5th.

Deeper Look

  • There are three tournaments throughout the season that count for points towards conference standings: the Fall Classic, the Spring Classic and the Conference Championships. The Conference Championships are worth double the points. 
  • George Fox won both the Fall Classic and the Spring Classic and Whitman was the runner-up in both events. Whitman won the Conference Championships which put them in a tie with George Fox for first in the conference.
    • To determine who would get the automatic qualifier bid to Nationals Whitman and George Fox competed in a play-off which George Fox won by one stroke.
  • Weaver shot a career-best round of 87
  • Improved weather conditions saw every team improving on their day one score
  • The Pioneers earned a fourth place overall finish in conference standings 

Day 1

The Lewis & Clark Pioneers are currently in a three-way tie for third place the NWC Championships at Wine Valley Country Club in Walla Walla, Wash. The Pioneers shot a round of 347 to put them in a tie with Whitworth and Pacific Lutheran. George Fox leads the pack with a round of 318 while Whitman is following closely behind with a round of 321. The weather was not kind to the golfers today with sustained winds at 20 mph and gusts up to 35 mph leading to higher scores than normal across the board. 

Freshman Kamryn Ford is currently in third place after a round of 78, one of only four scores in the 70s today. Ford had three birdies on the day and was only one-over on the back side. Senior Annie McCutchan carded four birdies on the day but struggled to make par finishing with an 84 to put her in a tie for 11th. Jane Almeida finished with a 90 to put her in a three-way tie for 21st. 

Senior Tori Eichten struggled to make par carding a 95 but was only one-over through her final three holes. Freshman Olivia Weaver also finished with a 95, totaling five pars on the day. 

Looking Ahead

Almeida, Eichten and McCutchan played the final rounds of their collegiate careers and will be graduating in two weeks. The Pioneers will return Ford and Weaver next season along with Annika Klunk who will be returning from studying abroad in Germany.