Women's Golf | Sunday, April 20, 2008
Ueno Wins NWC Championship for Second Time
SISTERS, ORE. -- Whitney Ueno (Jr., Hilo, HI/Hilo HS) of Willamette University won the Northwest Conference individual title with a two-round score of 161 (79-82) at the NWC Women's Golf Championship, which concluded on Sunday, April 20 at the Aspen Lakes Country Club. It was Ueno's second NWC championship. She also won the title as a freshman in 2006. Brynn Hurdus of Linfield College took second place with a 166 (85-81).
Pacific University finished the tournament in first place with a score of 682, as the Boxers won by 20 strokes. Whitworth University took second place at 702, with the University of Puget Sound in third place at 712, Linfield in fourth at 713, George Fox University in fifth at 722, Pacific Lutheran University in sixth at 770 and Willamette in seventh at 801. Lewis & Clark College fielded a partial team and Whitman College did not compete.
Ueno was the only golfer to record an 18-hole score below 80 in the cold and wintry conditions in Sisters, Ore. Her 79 on the first day was the low round by two strokes over Tami Park of Pacific, who shot an 81 on the first day, and Hurdus, who registered an 81 for the best score on the second day. Ueno and Kelly Hartley of Pacific each shot an 82 in the second round.
Tied for third behind Ueno and Hurdus were Park and Sarah Bicker of Puget Sound, both at 167. Park carded 81-86 and Bicker shot 84-83. Krystal Pitkonen of Whitworth took fifth at 170 (84-86). Jasmine Ching from Pacific placed sixth at 172 (87-85).
The top six finishers earned All-Northwest Conference honors and Ueno was chosen NWC Player of the Year. It was Ueno's third consecutive year on the All-NWC Team.
Ueno provided WU's top score and was followed by Ashley Buchheit (Sr., Mount Angel, OR/John F. Kennedy HS), who finished the 36 holes at 196 (98-99). Also playing for the Bearcats were Andrea Hand (Jr., Hillsboro, OR/Hillsboro HS) at 216 (109-107), Marianne Ward (Sr., Sierra Madre, CA/La Salle HS) at 228 (112-116) and Geneva Hale (Sr., Shoreline, WA/Shorecrest HS) at 236 (117-119).
The NWC Championship tournament counted for one-half of the overall NWC team title. The NWC Fall Classic and the NWC Spring Classic each counted for one-quarter of the total.
Pacific claimed first place in the final championship standings with 31.5 points by winning the NWC Championship and the Fall Classic, while tying for first place at the Spring Classic. Whitworth finished second in the overall standings with 25 points, while Linfield was third with 22.5 points, Puget Sound was fourth with 22 points, George Fox took fifth at 19 points, Pacific Lutheran and Willamette tied for sixth at 9 points, Lewis & Clark was eighth at 2 points and Whitman was ninth with no score.