Shahbaz Finishes NWC Fall Classic Tied for Seventh

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

MISSION, ORE. -- Rachel Shahbaz (Fr., Portland, OR/St. Mary's Academy) shot an 82 on the second day of the Northwest Conference Fall Classic and finished in a tie for seventh place with a 36-hole score of 169, as the event concluded on Sunday, Oct. 21 at the Wildhorse Resort Golf Course. Medalist honors went to Brynn Hurdus of Linfield College, who shot a two-day total of 159 (82-77).

Pacific University won the team title with a score of 665 for an 11-stroke victory. Whitworth University was second at 676, with George Fox University in third at 702. Linfield took fourth place with a score of 712, while the University of Puget Sound was fifth at 720. Pacific Lutheran University placed sixth at 737 and Willamette was seventh at 848. Lewis & Clark College and Whitman College did not field complete teams.

Hurdus won the tournament by four strokes over Kelly Hartley of Pacific, who took second place at 163 (81-82). There was a tie for third place at 164 between Jasmine Ching of Pacific (87-77) and Angela Grossklaus of Pacific Lutheran (82-82). Fifth place went to Mariesa Stombaugh of Whitworth, who recorded 88-77--165 during the two-day event. Kaylin Carlson of Whitworth claimed sixth place by carding 82-85--167.

Shahbaz was joined in the tie for seventh place by two golfers from Pacific. They were Tami Park (88-81) and Valerie Kitamori (87-82), who equaled Shahbaz at 169.

Willamette's team score also included the efforts of Ashley Buchheit (Sr., Mt. Angel, OR/John F. Kennedy HS), Marianne Ward (Sr./Fr. elig., Sierra Madre, CA/La Salle HS) and Geneva Hale (Sr., Fr. elig., Shoreline, WA/Shorecrest HS). Buchheit scored a 198 overall (101-97). Ward, who is a first-year golfer, took 10 strokes off of her first round to card a 106 in the second round and finish at 222. Hale lowered her scored by 15 strokes on the second day to record a 122, as she ended the tournament at 259.

Willamette competed at the NWC Fall Classic without team leader Whitney Ueno (Jr., Hilo, HI/Hilo HS). Ueno is studying in Japan this semester, but will be back with the Bearcats in the spring.

The NWC Fall Classic counts as one-fourth of the overall Northwest Conference title. The NWC Spring Classic also counts for one-fourth, with the NWC Championship counting for one-half of the overall crown.

NWC Fall Classic at Wilhorse Resort Golf Course in MIssion, Ore.