BANKS, Ore. – The Whitworth University women posted a strong third place showing at the 2017 Northwest Conference Fall Classic over the weekend. Amy Wagner led the Pirates by individually finishing in a tie for fourth place.
George Fox took a first step toward repeating as NWC women's golf champions by holding off Whitman for the team title. Whitman's Phoebe Nguyen was the individual medalist with a final total of 74-73 – 147 (+3). Whitworth was only 16 strokes behind Whitman in third place, and 60 strokes ahead of fourth place Lewis & Clark, creating a clear separation between the top three teams and the rest of the field.
The women's team scores were: George Fox 302-313 – 615, Whitman 313-309 – 622, Whitworth 323-315 – 638, Lewis & Clark 350-348 – 698, Pacific Lutheran 348-358 – 706, Pacific (Ore) 353-373 – 727, Puget Sound 353-374 – 727. Linfield and Willamette did not field complete teams.
Wagner shot 80-75 – 155 (+11) to finish in a three-way tie for fourth place. Madison Pillo had her best tournament of the fall and shot 80-78 – 158 to tie for eighth place, giving Whitworth two players among the top-ten.
The NWC Fall Classic counts as 25% of the final league standings. George Fox earned eight points, Whitman seven, Whitworth six and so on. The NWC Spring Classic will also count as 25%, while the final NWC Tournament will count as 50%.
The Pirate women will now break for winter and will resume the 2017-18 schedule in March.