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Women Golfers Hope Experience Pays Dividends

Kristina Norlin
Kristina Norlin

COMING UP: The first of the three "major" tournaments that determine the overall Northwest Conference golf champion takes place this Saturday and Sunday at Tri-Mountain Golf Course in Ridgefield, Wash. The NWC Fall Classic will bring together all nine teams from the conference for this championship event. The conference determines its annual champion by the combined results of the NWC Fall Classic (25 percent), NWC Spring Classic (25 percent) and NWC Tournament (50 percent).

WOMEN'S TOURNAMENT NOTES: The Tri-Mountain course, which sets up at 5,957 yards for the women, is hosting a Northwest Conference championship event for the first time. The two 18-hole rounds begin at 8:30 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday with shotgun starts.

PLU ENTRANTS: Competing for the Lutes this weekend are junior Julie Heffernan, sophomores Kristina Norlin, Paige Henry and Emily Cook, and freshman Cierra Pettit. "Our ladies have been working hard this fall and our encouraged by how well we played against Whitman last week," PLU head coach Mike Fosnick said. "We are anxious to see how we stack up with the rest of the league."

BEEN THERE, DONE THAT: Pacific Lutheran got familiar with the Tri-Mountain course on Oct. 13 when it played a dual against Whitman that the Missionaries won, 322-357. Emily Cook led the team with an 85, followed by Kristina Norlin with an 88, Paige Henry 91, Julie Heffernan 93, Cierra Pettit 104 and Stephanie Miller 130.

2011 FALL CLASSIC RESULTS: George Fox won the team championship for the second straight year, shooting a 313-312 for a two-day total of 625, 13 strokes better than runner-up Whitman's 638 (320-318). Rounding out the team scores were Willamette 671 (342-329), Linfield 679 (340-339), Whitworth 681 (344-337), Pacific Lutheran 712 (357-355), Pacific 781 (403-378), and Puget Sound 884 (448-436). Lewis & Clark did not have a complete team. George Fox also had the top two finishers, Megan McGrew taking medalist honors with a six-over-par 150 (74-76), followed by Kelsey Morrison at 152 (78-74).

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