2019 NWC Men's & Women's Golf Championship Preview

2019 NWC Men's & Women's Golf Championship Preview


HILLSBORO, Ore. – The Northwest Conference men's and women's golf teams will compete for the NWC Championship title this weekend, hosted by Whitman College at Wine Valley Country Club in Walla Walla, Wash.

The nationally second-ranked George Fox women claimed the NWC Fall and Spring Classic titles, entering the Championship with a two-point advantage over second-place Whitman. The Bruins swept the top three finishes at the Spring Classic, with Iris Kawada as the individual medalist with a score of 75-81=156, followed by Alexandria McMenamin and Janelle Decker. The Bruins will seek to reclaim sole possession of the NWC title and earn the automatic qualifier into the NCAA Championship this weekend.

Currently ranked second in conference standings, Whitman will look to senior leader Shiyang Fan, who was the individual medalist at the Fall Classic, to lead the Blues this weekend. With runner-up finishes at the Fall and Spring Classics, the Blues are still in contention for the NWC title.

Whitworth enters the NWC Championship with 11 points after earning fourth and third-place finishes at the Fall and Spring Classics, respectively. Lewis & Clark sits one point behind the Pirates with 10. Pacific Lutheran enters the Championship in fifth with eight cumulative points, followed by Pacific (Ore.) with six and Puget Sound with five.

Day one pairings will see George Fox’s Kawada tee off against Lewis & Clark’s Annie McCutchan and Puget Sound’s Kristi Koyanagi, with Whitman’s Fang facing Pacific Lutheran’s Sami Briney and Willamette’s Lexi Towner. McMenamin will face Lewis & Clark’s Kamryn Ford and Puget Sound’s Onti Rosen, while Decker will tee off against Lewis & Clark’s Olivia Weaver and Puget Sound’s Sofia Lavinder. Whitworth’s Maggie Peters will face Pacific’s Briana Finau and Linfield’s Raegan Barr.

The Whitworth men’s team won the NWC Fall and Spring Classics, heading into the Championship as the frontrunner for the NWC title. The Pirates have a cumulative 16 points – a three-point advantage over Pacific Lutheran and #24 Willamette, who are currently tied in second in conference standings with 13 points each. George Fox’s Mason Koch was the individual medalist at the Spring Classic, shooting a seven-over-par 75-72=147, followed by Whitworth’s Reilly Hegarty and Derrick Phelps, who was the individual medalist at the Fall Classic.

The George Fox Bruins currently rank fourth after fourth-place finishes at the Fall and Spring Classics, earning a cumulative 10 points. Linfield and Puget Sound currently have seven points each, followed by Lewis & Clark’s four and Pacific’s one.

Day one men’s pairings will see Koch, Phelps and Lewis & Clark’s Jacob Bell tee off, while Whitworth’s Hegarty will face George Fox’s Joshua Lackey and Lewis & Clark’s Kade McCoy. Pacific Lutheran’s Austin Darnell will face off against Puget Sound’s Reynn Hoshide and Pacific’s Zachariah Rodriguez, with Willamette’s Sam Hinton teeing off against Linfield’s Ben Bohanon and Whitman’s Matt Bowman.

The men will tee off at 10:00am on Saturday, with the women starting at 12:30pm. 

For schedule, a complete list of pairings, and any other information regarding the 2019 Northwest Conference Championship, visit the NWC Championship Central here.