Shahbaz is Tied for Fifth after First Day of NWC Fall Classic

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

MISSION, ORE. -- Sophomore golfer Rachel Shahbaz (Portland, OR/St. Mary's Academy) from Willamette University shot an 87 during the first round of the Northwest Conference Fall Classic to tie for fifth place through 18 holes at the Wildhorse Resort Golf Course on Saturday, Oct. 20. The NWC Fall Classic will conclude with one more round on Sunday, Oct. 21.

Pacific University led the team standings at the end of the first day, as the Boxers achieved a score of 3432. Whitworth University was second at 348, with George Fox University in third at 367. Linfield College held fourth place at 374,with Pacific Lutheran University in fifth place at 378, the University of Puget Sound in sixth place at 380 and Willamette in seventh place at 441. Lewis & Clark College and Whitman College did not field complete teams.

Holding the medalist lead after 18 holes was Kelly Hartley of Pacific, who carded an 81. Kaylin Carlson of Whitworth, Brynn Hurdus of Linfield and Angela Grossklaus of Pacific Lutheran were tied for second at 82. Shahbaz was joined in a three-way tied for fifth by Valerie Kitamori and Jasmine Ching of Pacific, as each golfer concluded the day six strokes out of the lead at 87.

Following Shahbaz on Willamette's team card was Ashley Buchheit (Sr., Mt. Angel, OR/John F. Kennedy HS), who shot a 101. Marianne Ward (Sr./Fr. elig., Sierra Madre, CA/La Salle HS), who is in her first year as a golfer, shot her best round of competitive play this fall with a 116. Geneva Hale (Sr., Fr. elig., Shoreline, WA/Shorecrest HS), also a new golfer, recorded a 137. Willamette is playing without its top golfer, Whitney Ueno (Jr., Hilo, HI/Hilo HS), who is studying in Japan this semester.

FIRST ROUND RESULTS
Northwest Conference Fall Classic at Wildhorse Resort Golf Course
Rachel Shahbaz is tied for fifth at the NWC Fall Classic, after shooting an 87 on the first day of the event.

Rachel Shahbaz is tied for fifth at the NWC Fall Classic, after shooting an 87 on the first day of the event.