Seelig Improves by One Stroke during Second Round of Culturame Classic

Saida Seelig kneels to line-up a putt.
Saida Seelig (Fy., Portland, OR/Wilson HS)

By Robert McKinney, Assistant Athletics Director, Communications, (503) 370-6110

CANBY, Ore. -- Willamette University women's golfer Saida Seelig (Fy., Portland, OR/Wilson HS) improved her score by one stroke in the second round at the Culturame Classic during action on Monday, Oct. 3 at the Willamette Valley Country Club. Seelig shot a 99 on Monday after carding a 100 in the first round on Sunday. She finished at 199 overall. George Fox University hosted the tournament, which featured 36 holes.

Two other Bearcats competed at the Culturame Classic. Mallory Tolliver (Fy., Columbus, OH/Upper Arlington HS) registered scores of 101 and 103 for a 36-hole total of 204. Kennedy Raphelt (Jr.) shot 116 and 133 for an overall total of 249.

"This tournament had a lot of good learning opportunities," Willamette Head Women's Golf Coach Patrick Daugherty commented. "I got to see our players put into action what we've been practicing and working on, which has been primarily the short game. I felt like there was a lot of improvement there, especially from 50 yards and in, including around the greens."

Alison Takamiya from George Fox, who led by one stroke after the first round, won the individual championship with a score of 3-under par 141. She shot even-par 72 in the first round and then recorded the low round of the tournament with a 69 on Monday. She won by four strokes.

Jett Legacion of California Lutheran University was second at 145 with rounds of 73 and 72. Makensie Toole from George Fox was third with a score of 147 (74-73). Liana Brown and Avery Kageyama, both from GFU, tied for fourth place at 148. Brown shot 75-73 and Kageyama carded 73-75. Ainsley Carter, also from GFU, was sixth at 155 (79-76). Brianna McNelly of Whitworth University placed seventh at 156 after lowering her score from an 80 in the first round to a 76 in the second round.

Giselle Flint of George Fox and Claire Cornejo from California Lutheran University tied for eight place at 157. Flint registered scores of 82 and 75, while Cornejo shot 79 and 78. Three golfers -- Tara Ng (81-78) of CLU, Ashley Zook (77-82) of CLU, and Maddie Hahn (77-82) from Whitworth -- tied for 10th place at 159.

The Bruins won the team title for George Fox with a score of 8-over par 584 with 18-hole scores of 294 on Sunday and 290 on Monday. California Lutheran was second with a score of 618 (310-308), as the Regals finished 34 strokes behind GFU. Whitworth placed third at 649 (319-330) and Whitman College was fourth at 706 (342-364). Linfield University finished fifth at 746 (373-373) and Lewis & Clark College was sixth at 920 (463-457). Willamette did not field a complete team.