Ellingson, O'Connor lead Bearcat linksters in 2002

In the game of golf, low numbers are essential to success. However, eight-year Willamette women’s golf coach Steve Prothero wouldn’t mind seeing some bigger numbers next year in one area: the team roster.

The Bearcats struggled through the 2002 season with just five team members. With four scores counting in most tournaments, that didn’t leave a lot of room for error.

This past spring, Willamette was led by senior Amy Ellingson and sophomore Tara O’Connor.

O’Connor averaged 95.3 strokes per round heading into the Northwest Conference tournament, while Ellingson was close behind at 96.3 strokes.

Those two led the Bearcats in the 36-hole conference tourney, too. In the two-day NWC tournament played as Aspen Lakes near Sisters, both shot scores of 185. While O’Connor was more consistent (92-93), Ellingson ended her collegiate career by shooting her lowest round of the season (88) on the final day.

The Bearcats placed fifth in the team standings with a total of 845.