PENDLETON, Ore. – Nicole Lomax finished as the individual runner-up, leading Whitworth to a third place finish at the Northwest Conference Spring Classic women's golf tournament on Sunday at the Wildhorse Resort Golf Course.
Lomax shot 77-76 – 153 to finish in second place, 11 strokes behind medalist Kelsey Morrison of George Fox. Morrison fired a two-under total of 71-71 – 142.
The Pirates' third place finish in the Spring Classic is a two-place improvement from when Whitworth took fifth at the NWC Fall Classic back in October.
George Fox made it two-for-two in NWC majors this season with a 30-stroke victory over host Whitman. Whitworth was only eight strokes behind the Missionaries in the team competition. The final team scores were: George Fox 312-308 – 620, Whitman 320-330 – 650, Whitworth 328-330 – 658, Linfield 331-350 – 681, Willamette 338-352 – 690, Pacific Lutheran 356-360 – 716, Pacific (Ore.) 385-385 – 770, Puget Sound 419-438 – 857. Lewis & Clark fielded an incomplete team.
The NWC Fall and Spring Classics each count 25% toward the final league standings. George Fox is in first place with 16 points, followed by Whitman (14) in second. With its third place finish at this weekend's tournament, the Pirates moved into a three-way tie for third place with Willamette and Linfield (10 points each). PLU (6) is in sixth place.
Lomax posted her best two rounds of the season over the weekend to lead the Pirates. Emily Guthrie shot 80-83 – 163 to finish in eighth place. Ashley Danforth (87-83 – 170) improved by four strokes on Sunday to move into 15th place. Elizabeth Martin (85-88 – 173) took 18th and Haley Owens (86-88 – 174) tied for 19th place.
Whitworth will host the 2012 NWC Tournament, which counts 50% toward the final league standings, on April 21-22 at Columbia Point Golf Course in Richland, Washington. Prior to that the Pirates will play in an NWC preview event at Columbia Point on April 14th.