No. 25 Pios shoot 14 strokes higher and finish eighth at Dan Quayle Collegiate Classic

No. 25 Pios shoot 14 strokes higher and finish eighth at Dan Quayle Collegiate Classic

CLAYTON, Ind. -- A day after sitting in fifth place, the Lewis & Clark Pioneers took 14 more strokes than in the opening round of the Dan Quayle Collegiate Classic and finished eighth overall.

The Pioneers, who entered the tournament ranked 25th in the Golfstat NCAA Division III Relative Rankings, finished tied with No. 15 Huntingdon with a two-day total of 656. Lewis & Clark shot 321 on Saturday and 335 on Sunday at Deer Creek Golf Club.

Only Tori Eichten, who shot the highest opening round score, equaled her day-one total, finishing in 47th place with an 84-84-168.

Claire Burke, the Pios' top finisher on Saturday, placed in the top 20 with a 79-82-161, good for 19th.

Mady Rhodenbaugh, Annie McCutchan and Arielle Valdez followed the same pattern as they did in the opening round. Rhodenbaugh shot an 80 to sit one shot ahead of the other two and finished with an 84 on Sunday. McCutchan and Valdez totaled 81-85-166 to place 39th, seven spots behind Rhodenbaugh.

No. 2-ranked Wittenberg had an equally tough final round to Lewis & Clark. The day-one leaders after a team total of 300, Wittenberg shot 319 on Sunday to finish one stroke behind Indiana Tech for the team title. No. 10 DePauw, the host team, finished third followed by Centre College and No. 19 Illinois Wesleyan. No. 24 Washington and Lee was seven strokes ahead of the Pioneers.

Lewis & Clark resumes play on Saturday at the Pacific Invitational.

First Round

Sept. 17

The Lewis & Clark Pioneers are in fifth place after Saturday's opening round of the Dan Quayle Collegiate Classic at Deer Creek Golf Club. The meet is hosted by DePauw University.

The 25th-ranked Pios are competing on the national level and trail second-place Indiana Tech by nine strokes. Lewis & Clark shot 321 and is three strokes behind Illinois Wesleyan and William Penn for third.

Claire Burke shot a first-round 79 to lead the way for the Pioneers. The senior is tied for 13th place, nine strokes behind leader Jane Hopkinson-Wood of Wittenberg.

Mady Rhodenbaugh shot an 80 and Annie McCutchan and Arielle Valdez posted matching 81s to sit in 18th and 24th place, respectively. McCutchan won NWC Student-Athlete of the Week honors after medaling at the Pacific Lutheran Invitational last weekend.

Tori Eichten is in 43rd after an opening-round 84.

The Pioneers started the season 25th in the Golfstat NCAA Division III Relative Rankings and were selected third in the NWC Pre-Season Coaches' Poll. There are five other top-25 teams in the field: No. 19 Illinois Wesleyan, No. 10 DePauw, No. 24 Washington and Lee and No. 15 Huntingdon, which is in ninth place. DePauw and Washington and Lee are tied for sixth.

Final round play begins on Sunday morning.