Pioneers secure third place finish at NWC Fall Classic

Pioneers secure third place finish at NWC Fall Classic

MCMINNVILLE, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers improved by two strokes in day two to secure third place by 14 strokes over Whitworth. The Pioneers were led by senior Mady Rhodenbaugh who fired an 80 to finish in solo fifth. 

George Fox won the event with a 323-312-635 followed closely behind by Whitman who was seven strokes back. Whitman's Shiyang Fan won the event with a two-day total of 149 a solid eight strokes ahead of the field.

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Key Moments

Mady Rhodenbaugh started the day in second place but dropped to fifth after a second round 80. Rhodenbaugh had a rough start going 6-over in as many holes but brought it around on the back side carding one bogey and eight pars. Finishing just outside the top-10, Jane Almeida shot an 81, a seven-stroke improvement from day one. Almeida started out her day with a triple bogey on one but quickly followed that up with a birdie to get herself back on track. Almeida was only 2-over on the back side.

Annie McCutchan also showed an improvement from day one to day two shooting an 83. McCutchan carded one birdie on the back side but had trouble stringing together good holes. Finishing in the top-20 for her third time in as many tournaments freshman Kamryn Ford had a rough second day shooting a 90. Ford had two birdies on the day but was unable to card a par on the backside. Senior Tori Eichten rounded out the top-5 for the Pioneers shooting a 92, an improvement on her second-day score. Eichten had some solid stretches but had struggled to keep a couple big numbers off the card.

Deeper Look

  • The Pioneers finished tied for first in par-5 scoring for the tournament (+19)
  • Rhodenbaugh has finished in the top-10 in all three tournaments of the fall
  • Lewis & Clark finished third in total numbers of both birdies and pars
  • Almeida was even on par-5s for the weekend
  • Rhodenbaugh led the field in total number of pars (23)

Looking Ahead

The Pioneers continue their season in the spring. 

Day 1

The Lewis & Clark Pioneers are in third following the first day of play at the NWC Fall Classic. The Pioneers shot 336 to trail Whitman by 12 strokes and leader George Fox by 13. Close on the tails of the Pioneers is Whitworth who carded a team total of 338.

Key Moments

Leading the Pioneers was senior Mady Rhodenbaugh who shot 1-over on the back nine to card 78. Rhodenbaugh is in solo second, five strokes behind leader Shiyang Fan from Whitman. Freshman Kamryn Ford finished with 83 after going 7-over in her first six holes. She brought it around on the backside though carding six pars.

Senior Annie McCutchan struggles to find pars out on the course but had two birdies to finish with 87. Jane Almeida finished one stroke behind McCutchan with an 88 and sits in a tie for 18th. Senior Tori Eichten finished with 94 after being unable to get a par on the front side but had an eight-stroke improvement from the front side to the back.