Ueno Ties for Second at NWC Championships

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

SISTER'S, ORE. -- On the strength of a solid second round, Willamette University sophomore golfer Whitney Ueno (Hilo, HI/Hilo HS) tied for second place with Emily Lau from the University of Puget Sound, as play concluded at the Northwest Conference Women's Golf Championship on Sunday, April 15 at the Aspen Lakes Golf Course. Leslie Wheeler of Linfield College shot a two-round total of 156 (77-79) to claim medalist honors.

Puget Sound won the team title at the NWC Championships and also took first place in the final NWC point standings. Willamette finished fourth at the NWC Championship and fourth in the point standings.

Wheeler led the field with a 77 on the first day. Lau was just one stroke back at 78, as she held a six stroke lead over Ueno in third place at 84. Ueno picked up two strokes over the front nine on Sunday, as she carded a 40, while Lau finished the nine holes in 42 strokes. Over the back nine, Ueno made her final move, ultimately tying Lau with a two-day total of 163. Ueno and Wheeler tied for Sunday's low round at 79.

In the team standings, Puget Sound won by eight strokes with a 36-hole score of 703. Linfield finished second with a score of 711, while Whitworth College took third at 728. Willamette was fourth at 741, with Pacific University in fifth at 743, Pacific Lutheran University in sixth at 768 and George Fox University in seventh at 792. Lewis & Clark College did not field a full team.

Puget Sound also claimed the NWC title by finishing first in the overall point standings. Three tournaments counted toward the title, with the NWC Championship meet counting for one-half of each team's overall score. UPS finished with 31 points, while Linfield took second with 27. Whitworth was third with 23 points, Willamette was fourth at 22, Pacific took fifth at 16.5, Pacific Lutheran was sixth at 9.5, George Fox finished seventh with 8 points, Whitman College was eighth with 3 points and Lewis & Clark did not score.

Wheeler, Ueno and Lau, who have been consistently in the top three this season, were followed by Angela Grossklaus of Pacific Lutheran in fourth at 172 (92-80). Fifth place went to Jasmine Ching of Pacific with a 175 (94-81) and sixth place was earned by Alicia Bratlien of Whitworth at 176 (90-86). The top six golfers each received All-Northwest Conference honors.

Rachel Shahbaz (Fr., Portland, OR/St. Mary's Academy) shot 88 on Sunday, as she moved up from a tie for 17th into a tie for 14th at 183. Willamette's team score during the second round also included a 101 by Ashley Buchheit (Jr., Mt. Angel, OR/John F. Kennedy HS) and a 103 by Michelle Benrath (Sr., Bend, OR/Bend HS).

NWC Championships - Final Results

Whitney Ueno tied for second place at the NWC Championship.

Whitney Ueno tied for second place at the NWC Championship.