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Lutes Finish Fifth at 2018 NWC Championships

Lutes Finish Fifth at 2018 NWC Championships

Contact: Mark Albanese, Director of Sports Communication

LAKEWOOD, Wash. - The Pacific Lutheran University women's golf team turned in one of its best rounds of the spring on Sunday at the Oakbrook Golf Club, finishing fifth at the 2018 Northwest Conference Tournament.

The Lutes shaved off six strokes on Sunday, carding a 347 for the day after netting a 353 on Saturday. PLU's team tally of 700 was good for fifth place, enjoying a 19-stroke advantage on crosstown rival University of Puget Sound (361-358). Whitman College took the team title, finishing with a 615 (311-304) with George Fox University placing second at the nine-team event with a 622 (317-305).

"We had a great spring season and we have lots of good things to build upon for next season," said Head Coach Sara Griffin. "A huge thank you to Jeankie for being an incredible assistant coach! We make a good team."

Nicole Matiatos led the Lutes, finishing 16th overall, carding a 168 for the two-day event. Matiatos shot an 86 on Saturday before showing a four-stroke improvement on Sunday, entering the clubhouse with an 82.

"Nicole played awesome today. She started with a double and didn't let it affect her! She was on at least six greenside bunkers as well and just dug deep and got the job done."

Lila Ridge was 23rd with a 175, shooting an 87 during round one and an 88 in round two while Sami Briney and Abby Lyon finished back-to-back in 26th and 27th, respectively. Briney finished with a 177 (88-89) with Lyon logging a 180 (92-88).

"Lila had her best event of the year and really battled well today. Abby had a great end to her career and was only two over par for her first nine. She has been a great senior for us and we will miss her next season."

Sophia Kass rounded out the Lute contingent, shooting a 199 (101-98) for the event.