By Robert McKinney, Assistant Athletics Director, Communications, (503) 370-6110
BANKS, Ore. -- Meghan Hook (Sr., Sunnyvale, CA/Homestead HS) and Anushka Srivastav (Fy., Pune, India/Mahindra International School) from Willamette University each played 18 holes at the Northwest Conference Fall Classic in women's golf as the tournament began at Quail Valley Gold Course on Saturday, Oct. 9. The NWC Fall Classic will conclude with the second round on Sunday, Oct. 10.
Hook carded a score of 95 in the first round and was 28th in the individual standings. Srivastav, in her first tournament round for the Bearcats, shot a 106.
Avery Kageyama of George Fox University was the individual leader at the end of the first round with a score of even-par 72. Makensie Toole and Kaitlyn Tonai of GFU and Kamryn Ford of Lewis & Clark College were tied for second place at 73. Three other golfers -- Alison Takamiya and Liana Brown of George Fox, plus Katya Kurkoski of Whitman College, were tied for fifth place at 74. Teammates Brianna McNelly and Madeline Hahn of Whitworth University shared a tie for eighth place at 76. Emily Fisher from Pacific Lutheran University was 10th at 78.
George Fox topped the team standings at 4-over-par 292. The Bruins held a 25-stroke lead. Whitworth was in second place at 317, with Whitman in third place at 325. Pacific Lutheran followed in fourth at 342, with Linfield University in fifth at 351, Lewis & Clark in sixth at 384, the University of Puget Sound in seventh at 389, and Pacific University in eighth with a score of 392. Willamette did not field a complete team.
All of the 42 golfers competing in the tournament will tee off at 8 a.m. on Sunday in a shotgun start for the second round. In most cases, each hole on the back nine will begin with two groups of three golfers. Hook is scheduled to start on the 16th hole and Srivastav is set to open play on the 17th hole.