Shahbaz Finishes Tied for Fourth at George Fox Women's Invitational

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

NEWBERG, ORE. -- Willamette University's Rachel Shahbaz (So., Portland, OR/St. Mary's Academy) shot a 90 (43-47) to tie for fourth place at the George Fox Women's Invitational on Sunday, Oct. 7 at the Chehalem Glen Golf Course. With windy conditions and late afternoon rain leading to higher-than normal scores, the medalist was Brynn Hurdus of Linfield College, who shot an 86 (42-44), while second place went to Brittany Zefkeles of George Fox University with an 87 (40-47).

GFU won the team title with a score of 365. It was the Bruins' first championship at a multi-team event since the program started last year. Linfield finished 10 strokes back in second place at 375. Pacific University was third at 399 and Willamette took fourth at 448. The Bearcats are playing this fall without team leader Whitney Ueno (So., Hilo, HI/Hilo HS), who is studying in Japan this semester.

Following Hurdus and Zefkeles in the individual race was Shawnie Dakan of Linfield in third place with an 88 (41-47). Shahbaz was joined in the tie for fourth at 90 by Brianna Nap (43-47) of GFU. Ashley Buchheit (Sr., Mt. Angel, OR/John F. Kennedy HS) of Willamette tied for 10th place with a score of 96 (45-51). Also contributing to WU's team score were Marianne Ward (Sr., Fr. elig., Sierra Madre, CA/La Salle HS) and Tanya Schiller (So., South Bend, WA/South Bend HS).

The day's best score for nine holes was recorded by Zefkeles with a 40 on the front nine. Dakan's 41, also on the front nine, ranked second. The lowest scores on the back nine were 44's registered by Hurdus and by Nicole Hudson of George Fox.

Willamette's next trip to the links is set for Saturday, Oct. 20 and Sunday, Oct. 21 at the Northwest Conference Fall Classic. The event will be held at the Wildhorse Golf Course in Pendleton, Ore., with tee time scheduled for 12 p.m. (PDT) on Oct. 20 and for 8 a.m. (PDT) on Oct. 21.

George Fox Women's Invitational