BREMERTON, Wash. -- Despite shooting the third-best total in the final round of the Northwest Conference Spring Classic on Sunday, the Lewis & Clark Pioneers couldn't overcome the six-stroke deficit to Whitworth from the opening round and finished fourth by one.
Claire Burke placed seventh with a two-day total of 163. The senior shot an 11-over-par 83 on Sunday. Overall, three of Lewis & Clark's five entrants shot better on Sunday.
Arielle Valdez and Jane Almeida, who finished back-to-back at 13th and 14th, respectively, had the next best scores for the Pioneers. Valdez shot an 84, one stroke better than her first-day score of 85. Almeida posted an 88 in the final round to follow an 83 from Saturday.
Annie McCutchan was tied for 21st, a large improvement on her Saturday score of 96. On Sunday, she had a 12-over-par 84 for a total of 180 on the weekend. Tori Eichen was only one stroke behind, tied for 24th place, finishing with an 181.
George Fox won the event by two strokes over Whitman. The Bruins placed three in the top six finishers, while Whitman had two. Lewis & Clark had trailed the two schools in the NWC championship standings entering the event and remain in third overall by placing higher than Pacific Lutheran, which was fifth at the NWC Spring Classic.
The Pios compete again this coming weekend at the Willamette Spring Thaw at the OGA Golf Course in Woodburn, Ore.