Bearcats Win Title at Willamette University Women's Invitational; Ueno Takes Second in Medalist Race

SALEM, ORE. The host Bearcats won the team title at the Willamette University Women’s Invitational on Monday, Oct. 16, recording a score of 373 at the Illahe Hills Country Club to edge Linfield College, which shot 375. In the medalist race, Linfield’s Leslie Wheeler shot a 79 (39-40) to take first place, while Whitney Ueno (So., Hilo, HI/Hilo HS) of Willamette finished second with an 83 (41-42).

Full teams from Willamette and Linfield, plus two golfers from George Fox University, competed in the Northwest Conference Southern Division event. The next action for women’s golf teams in the conference is the NWC Fall Classic, set for Oct. 23-24 at Tokatee Golf Course in Blue River, Ore.

At Illahe Hills on Monday, Willamette golfers carded two scores in the 80’s and one in the 90’s on its way to the team title. Ueno’s 83 led the way and was followed by Rachel Shahbaz (Fr., Portland, OR/St. Mary’s Academy) at 85 (42-43) and May Ushikubo (So. West Vancouver, BC, Canada) at 92 (46-46). Rounding out the Bearcats’ team score was Ashley Buchheit (Jr., Mt. Angel, OR/John F. Kennedy HS), who shot 113 (58-55). Also shooting 113 for WU was Andrea Hand (So., Hillsboro, OR/Hillsboro HS). Tanya Schiller completed Willamette’s overall lineup with a 130 (61-69).

Wheeler was the only Linfield golfer to score below 90, but Brittany Johnson added a 93 (47-46) and Shawnie Dakan tacked on a 97 (50-47). The Wildcats completed their score with Rachel Warwick’s 106 (53-53). Also playing the 18-hole course for Linfield was Kelly Chance, who shot 112 (62-50).

The top competitor for George Fox was Whitney Clunes, who shot a 90 (45-45) to establish a school record for the first-year program. The Bruins also received a 105 (52-53) from Christine Collier.

Following Wheeler in first and Ueno in second in the medalist race, were Shahbaz of Willamette in third (85), Clunes of GFU in fourth (90) and Ushikubo of Willamette in fifth (92). Seven of the 13 athletes competing carded scores below 100.

Willamette University Women's Invitational
Monday, Oct. 16, 2006
Illahe Hills Country Club
Salem, Ore., Par 72

Willamette Results
Whitney Ueno, 83 (41-42)
Rachel Shahbaz, 85 (42-43)
May Ushikubo, 92 (46-46)
Ashley Buchheit, 113 (58-55)
Andrea Hand, 113 (54-59)
Tanya Schiller, 130 (61-69)
Team Total, 373 (187-186)