Women’s Golf Stands Third After First Round of Culturame Classic
CANBY, Ore. – The Lewis-Clark State College Women’s Golf team continued its strong fall play on Saturday as the team stands third after the first round of the Culturame Classic, being held at the Willamette Valley Country Club.
The tournament, which features a number of NCAA Division III teams including host and powerhouse George Fox, will hold its final 18 holes on Sunday.
Pomona-Pitzer, ranked No. 12 in the latest NCAA Division III poll, leads third-ranked George Fox by one shot after the first round with a 297 score. LC State is third at 312, which is 18 shots ahead of fellow NAIA Cascade Collegiate Conference member Corban, which is fourth at 330 in the eight-team field.
As has been the case this fall, senior Alexandra Schmidt leads the Warriors. She had an opening round of 2-over-par 74, which has her tied for fourth place overall and four shots behind the individual leader. Teammates Deana Caruso and Kyla Currie are tied for 12th with 78s.
Schmidt’s consistent round consisted of 14 pars, one birdie and three bogeys. Caruso matched par on the front nine while Currie played the back nine at 1 under.
“Alex continued to be our leader today and showed great patience playing without her best stuff today,” LC State coach Brady Campbell said. “Kyla and Deana came in big with rounds in the 70’s. This is a solid start against a strong field of D-3 teams. We are looking to continue to improve our play and go low tomorrow!”
After Sunday’s round, the Warriors will have one more fall tournament when both the men and women participate in the Bushnell Invitational on Oct. 17-18 in Creswell, Ore.
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Team scores – 1, Pomona-Pitzer 297. 2, George Fox 298. 3, LC State 312. 4, Corban 330. 5, Whitman 331. 6, Whitworth 339. 7, Pacific Lutheran 366. 8, Linfield 377.
Leader - Kaitlyn Tonai, George Fox, 70.
LC State scores – T4, Alexandra Schmidt 74. T12, Deana Caruso 78 and Kyla Currie 78, 19, Courtney Ockler 82. T25, Nicole Propheter 88.