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Pacific Lutheran Sixth at Women's NWC Spring Classic

Kristina Norlin

MISSION, Ore. - Pacific Lutheran golfers were bunched together near the middle of the pack and as a result the Lutes placed sixth at the Northwest Conference Spring Classic women's tournament that came to a close Sunday after two days at Wildhorse Golf Course.

George Fox ran away with the team title, shooting rounds of 312 and 308 for a total of 620, 44-over-par on the par 72, 5,837-yard layout. Whitman was well back in second with a total of 650 after rounds of 320 and 330.

Whitworth was third with 658, followed by Linfield 681, Willamette 690, PLU 716 (356-360), Pacific 770, Puget Sound 857, and Lewis & Clark incomplete.

Medalist honors went to George Fox's Kelsey Morrison by 11 strokes. She carded consecutive one-under 71s for a total of 142, with Whitworth's Nicole Lomax at 153 on rounds of 77 and 76.

PLU's four players finished within two strokes of each other. Paige Henry and Kristina Norlin both shot 178 to finish tied for 23rd, and Julie Heffernan and Karina Shelton carded both 180 to finish tied for 26th.

The race for the overall Northwest Conference champion is now down to George Fox and Whitman. Following the NWC Spring Classic, the second of the three conference "majors," George Fox has 16 points and Whitman has 14.

Willamette, Linfield and Whitworth are all tied with 10 points, PLU has six, Pacific 4, Puget Sound 2, and Lewis & Clark incomplete.

The overall team title, and with it the NWC's automatic berth in the NCAA Division III national tournament, will be decided at the NWC Championships to be held April 21-22 at Columbia Point Golf Course in Richland.

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