Bruins storm to Culturame title
CANBY – It's still fall, but the George Fox women's golf team is in mid-season form just three tournaments into the 2018-2019 campaign.
The Bruins followed up their runner-up performance at the DIII National Preview by storming to the title at their annual tournament, the Culturame Classic, Saturday and Sunday at Willamette Valley Country Club.
Led by sophomore Alex McMenamin and senior Iris Kawada, George Fox (603) posted team scores of 300 and 303 to outpace rival Whitman, which finished second at 639, by 36 strokes.
McMenamin and Kawada both shot matching rounds of 76 Saturday and followed up with 2-over-par 74s Sunday to finish tied at 150, but McMenamin claimed medalist honors by birding the first playoff hole.
The duo actually led a sweep of the top four positions as Kayle Hunn came in third at 151 and Janelle Decker fourth in a tie for fourth at 155.
Although they didn't count toward the team total, Bruins Rachel Drgastin and Kaitlyn Tonai were just two shots back in a tie for seventh at 157. Former Newberg High School standout Tori Eichten also tied for 22nd at 173 for Lewis & Clark.
George Fox will wrap up its fall season Saturday and Sunday at the Northwest Conference Fall Classic at Michelbook Country Club in McMinnville.
George Fox Invite – The Bruins placed third in their own tournament Sunday, finishing with a two-day total of 610 at the Gearhart Golf Club. Mason Koch was third overall after rounds of 71 and 76 put him at 3-over-par 147. Caleb An placed 10th for the Bruins at 153.
Whitworth 38, George Fox 14 – After Kenny May hauled in a 60-yard touchdown in the first quarter to give the host Bruins a 6-0 lead, the Pirates (4-0, 2-0 NWC) scored 31 straight points, including 24 in the second quarter, to pull away.
George Fox (3-3, 0-2) managed just 45 yards rushing and will play at Willamette at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
George Fox 2, Pacific 2 –The Bruins (2-8-1, 1-5-1) picked up their first Northwest Conference victory of the season thanks to goals from William Rudd and Moises Manon in the final nine minutes Sunday at the Austin Sports Complex.
Whitman 4, George Fox 3 (OT) – The Bruins got a pair of first half goals from Puka Ahina, as well as a second-half tally from Chloe Shumaker, but the Blues forced overtime with a goal in the 81st minute and won the contest 1:13 into the first extra period on Renee van Bergeijk's score.
Willamette 3, George Fox 2 – The Bruins lost a league match in five sets for the fifth time this season, falling 25-18, 17-25, 25-18, 18-25, 15-9 in Salem Saturday. Paige O'Rear led GFU with 18 kills.