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BREMERTON, Wash. - Jeankie-Jhen Aczon finished fourth overall, helping the short-staffed Pacific Lutheran University women's golf team to a fifth place finish on Sunday at the Northwest Conference Spring Classic at the Gold Mountain Golf Course.
"Jeankie handled the pressure beautifully," said Head Coach Sara Griffin. "She had an awesome attitude and is just a great leader and its super fun to watch her play golf. She played awesome on Sunday and I'm so proud of her. She had it rolling and really stepped up as a leader on the team."
Aczon carded a 160 for the two-round event, opening with a round of 81 on Saturday before slicing off two strokes on Sunday, entering the clubhouse with a 79 to secure the top five finish. Madison LaVergne was 19th after shooting a 177 (87-90) while Sami Briney was two slots back in 21st with a 180 (90-90). Anela Barber carded a 186 (92-94) to place 29th while Abby Lyon rounded out the PLU contingent, finishing 32nd with a 191 (102-89).
PLU was without the services of Anna Jessen and Desirae Haselwood who were delayed returning home after presenting their capstones to the National Conference of Undergraduate Research in Memphis, Tennessee.
"We knew it was a possibility (that they'd miss) and thank goodness we have some team players that were willing and able to step up and tee off on Saturday. Abby and Anela both came in an did great. Huge kudos to Anna and Desirae for coming out and watching on Sunday. They were so supportive and it was great to have them there. It's nice to see that even without our No. 1 and No. 3 player we can still hang in there."
The Lutes placed fifth in the team standings, carding a two-round tally of 698. PLU shot a 350 on Saturday before chipping off two strokes on Sunday, shooting a 348. The Lutes enjoyed a mammoth 62-stroke lead on sixth-place Pacific University as the Boxers carded a 760 (385-375). George Fox University secured top honors, collecting a 640 (322-318). Whitman College's Shiyang Fan took home medalist honors, shooting a 151 (76-75).
The NWC Spring Classic along with the NWC Fall Classic back on Oct. 9 both count 25 percent towards deciding the NWC title and automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Tournament with the NWC Championships in two weeks at the Tacoma Country & Golf Club accounting for the final 50 percent. The Lutes finished fourth at the NWC Fall Classic which was contested at the Emerald Valley Golf Resort in Creswell, Oregon.
The Lutes return to action on Apr. 22, competing at the NWC Championships held at the Tacoma Country and Golf Club in Lakewood, Washington.
"It's going to be interesting for me to pick out my squad for conference in a few weeks but its great to have the women all competing and vying for the five spots in the lineup which will only get us better."