No. 25 Lewis & Clark comes up one point short of Capital City Match Play championship

No. 25 Lewis & Clark comes up one point short of Capital City Match Play championship

SALEM, Ore. -- Senior Claire Burke won all of her matches at the Capital City Match Play to help the No. 25 Lewis & Clark Pioneers reach the finals at Creekside Golf Club.

The Pioneers lost in the championship, 3-2, to Victoria. The loss followed Sunday's semifinal win over the host team Corban Warriors.

Burke defeated Corban's Faith Udy, 3&2, before winning 6&4 against Victoria's Melanie Murchison in the finals. Burke's senior teammate, Arielle Valdez, was the other Pios entrant to win in the championship match, beating Quinn Fitzgerald, 1&1.

In the semifinals, Tori Eichten won 2&1 over Jenna Jensen, and Annie McCutchan took care of Jessica McCourt, 2UP.

Lewis & Clark entered the tournament as the No. 2 seed, followed by Corban and Victoria. To advance to the finals, Victoria upset No. 1 seed Oregon Tech, 4-1, in the semifinals.

As the runner-up, Lewis & Clark has now finished in the top two at four events over the fall and spring seasons.

The Pios are idle for three weeks until they take off for the UCSC Invitational on Mar. 31 - Apr. 2.

Opening Round - Saturday

Annie McCutchan and Claire Burke are leading their opponents as the Lewis & Clark Pioneers compete for a spot in the finals at the Capital City Match Play.

In Saturday's opening day, the 25th-ranked Pioneers received a quarterfinals bye before leading 2-1-2 over the host Corban Warriors in the semifinals at Creekside Golf Club.

Play was suspended by darkness and is scheduled to resume at 9 a.m. on Sunday.

McCutchan is 1UP on Jessica McCourt through 16 holes, while Claire Burke is closing in on clinching her match with Faith Udy. Burke is 4UP after the 12th hole.

"It was a very long day, but we battled the weather and our matches really well," said Burke. "We feel great about where we stand and are confident we can do just as well tomorrow."

Two pairings are all square through 12 holes. Lewis & Clark's Arielle Valdez, who had the Pios' best round last weekend, is paired against Carrie Wallace, while Tori Eichten is up against Jenna Jensen.

After the 12th hole, Jane Almeida trails Casey Jansen, 2UP.

"I really enjoyed it," said Burke. "Anything can happen in match play and having constant competition keeps the day entertaining."

Lewis & Clark was seeded No. 2 in the tournament, while Corban was third. Oregon Tech, the top seed, trails fourth seed Victoria, 3-1-1, with pairings through either 16 or 12 holes.

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Match play explained:

Unlike stroke play, in which the unit of scoring is the total number of strokes taken over one or more rounds of golf, match play scoring consists of individual holes won, halved or lost. On each hole, the most that can be gained is one point. When a player is up (winning) by more holes than there are holes remaining, then the match is won. This is when you see the final score of 3&2 for example. That means three holes up with two holes to play. The other player cannot win in this case.

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