Pacific Wins Willamette Five-Way Golf Tournament by One Stroke over Linfield

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

SALEM, ORE. -- Pacific University edged Linfield College by a single stroke for first place at the Willamette University Women's Five-Way Golf Tournament, held at Illahe Hills Country Club on Friday, Oct. 5. Pacific finished the 18-hole event with a team score of 355, while Linfield concluded the day with a team score of 356. George Fox University took third place at 371 and Willamette was fourth at 452.

Medalist honors went to Linfield's Brynn Hurdus, who shot 84 (38-46). Her 38 on the front nine was the low score for nine holes. Second place was earned by Kelly Hartley of Pacific with an 85 (40-45). Valerie Kitamori of Pacific claimed third place at 86 (45-41), while Shawnie Dakan of Linfield was fourth at 87 (41-46).

Two players tied for fifth place at 88. They were Tami Park of Pacific (43-45) and Rachel Shahbaz (So., Portland, OR/St. Mary's Academy) of Willamette (44-44).

Shahbaz was WU's top finisher. She was followed by Ashley Buchheit (Sr., Mt. Angel, OR/John F. Kennedy HS), who recorded a score of 96 (51-45). Shahbaz was the tournament's third-best golfer on the back nine with a 44, while Buchheit was one of three golfers to tie for the fourth-best score on the back nine with a 45. Kitamori of Pacific registered the lowest score on the back nine, as she carded a 41.

Also competing for Willamette were Marianne Ward (Sr., Fr. elig., Sierra Madre, CA/La Salle HS) and Geneva Hale (Sr., Fr. elig., Shoreline, WA/Waldport HS).

The next NWC South Five-Way Tournament is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 7 and will hosted by George Fox University at Chehalem Glenn Golf Course in Newberg, Ore. Tee time is slated for 12 p.m. (PDT).

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Willamette University Women's Five-Way Golf Tournament
Rachel Shahbaz tied for fifth place at the Willamette Women's Five-Way on Oct. 5

Rachel Shahbaz tied for fifth place at the Willamette Women's Five-Way on Oct. 5