Bearcats Finish Fifth at NWC Spring Classic

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

LAKEWOOD, WASH. -- Willamette University took fifth place at the Northwest Conference Spring Classic after shooting a final round score of 367 for a two-day total of 740 at the Oakbrook Golf and Country Club. The University of Puget Sound took first place with score of 678 (336-342).

Individual medalist honors went to Emily Lau of UPS, who shot 158 (78-80). Leslie Wheeler of Linfield was second at 160 (79-81). Whitney Ueno (So., Hilo, HI/Hilo HS) from Willamette tied with Adrienne Parrish of UPS for third place at 165. Ueno shot 83-82, while Parrish carded 81-84.

Following Puget Sound's first place score of 678 was Linfield College in second at 710. Whitworth College was third at 716, Pacific University held fourth at 721, Willamette was fifth at 740, Whitman College was fifth at 829 and Geroge Fox University was seventh at 841.

Ueno was WU's top finisher, but Rachel Shahbaz (Fr., Portland, OR/St. Mary's Academy) was just four strokes behind her in sixth place with a two-day total of 169 (83-86). Other Willamette competitors were Michelle Benrath (Sr., Bend, OR/Bend HS) at 206 (101-105), Andrea Hand (So., Hillsboro, OR/Hillsboro HS) at 207 (106-101), Ashley Buchheit (Jr., Mt. Angel, OR/John F. Kennedy HS) at 209 (111-98) and Tanya Schiller (Fr., South Bend, WA/South Bend HS) at 244 (126-118).

Hand improved from the first round to the second round by five strokes, Schiller lowered her score by eight strokes and Buchheit improved by 13 strokes. The team's four lowest scores each day counted toward the team total.

The NWC Spring Classic is one of three events used to determine the NWC champion. Willamette won the NWC Fall Classic, with Ueno (So., Hilo, HI/Hilo HS) earning medalist honors last October. The final championship event, which counts for 50% of the championship scoring, will be held April 14-15 at the Aspen Lakes Golf Course in Sisters, Ore.

Final Team Scores (36 Holes)
Puget Sound 678, Linfield 710, Whitworth 716, Pacific 721, Willamette 740, Whitman 829, George Fox 841. (Pacific Lutheran and Lewis & Clark did not participate)

Top 10 Individuals
1. Emily Lau, Puget Sound, 78-80--158
2. Leslie Wheeler, Linfield, 79-81--160
3. (tie) Whitney Ueno, Willamette, 83-82--165
3. (tie) Adrienne Parrish, Puget Sound, 81-84--165
5. Alicia Bratlien, Whitworth, 84-82--166
6. Rachel Shahbaz, Willamette, 83-86--169
7. (tie) Maresa Jenson, Puget Sound, 86-85--171
7. (tie) Krystal Pitkonen, Whitworth, 87-84--171
9. Brittany Johnson, Linfield, 83-93--176
10. Kelly Hartly, Pacific, 87-91--178

NWC Spring Classic - Final Results

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