The Whitworthian Female Athlete of the Year: Emily Guthrie

Hundreds of collegiate athletes make it to a national stage every year. Whitworth’s Emily Guthrie is one of the few to appear in two national tournaments in two different sports. Guthrie, a senior basketball player and golfer, has been named Female Athlete of the Year by The Whitworthian sports staff. Head golf coach Warren Friedrichs played a major role in bringing Guthrie to Whitworth. As soon as the golfer showed she was looking at Whitworth, Friedrichs immediately got back to her and Guthrie came to the school on a visit.

“When I did come to visit, I knew right away that this is where I wanted to go,” Guthrie said.

Her ability on the golf course was never in question, but when Friedrichs learned she helped lead her high school basketball team to a runner-up finish at the state level, he promptly introduced her to Helen Higgs, the head women’s basketball coach for Whitworth. Guthrie, who once aspired to play basketball at a Division I level, was excited about the opportunity of being able to play both golf and basketball at a collegiate level.

“I didn’t want to give golf up, so it was a huge blessing to get to play both in college,” Guthrie said. “Did I think I would ever get to do both in college? No. Did I want to do both? Absolutely. And thankfully it worked out.”

Guthrie became a figurehead for both the women’s golf and basketball teams during her time at Whitworth.  She will pursue a career in nursing after ACL surgery.

Along with playing golf at a high level for the Pirates, Guthrie also played a huge role for the Whitworth women’s basketball team. As a freshman she played in 16 games for the Bucs, with that number increasing in each of the next two years. She led the Pirates in scoring her sophomore year, as well as earning Second-Team All-NWC honors. In her junior year, Guthrie started every game and led the team in free-throw percentage, 3-pointers made and attempted and assists. She also tied with a teammate for 10 blocked shots and averaged more than 11 points and four rebounds per game.

During her senior year, Guthrie started the first 19 games before tearing her ACL in practice, sidelining her for the rest of the season.

“Her leadership was shown through her team by them wanting to win for her,” Higgs said. “It was almost extra motivation for them. They cared about her enough to want to win for Emily. None of them took it upon themselves, they knew if they all fought a little harder and each of them did a little more, they could get it done. It’s pretty rare when somebody gets injured and that is the effect it has on the team.”

Guthrie’s injury did not affect her golf season. The senior decided to put off surgery and try to play on her injured leg under the supervision of a specialist, and didn’t miss a match the entire season.

“I just wear my brace and it doesn’t hurt at all,” Guthrie said. “I was amazed because it didn’t hurt and very thankful at the same time.”

In her four years playing both basketball and golf for the Pirates, Guthrie didn’t fail to fill her trophy case.

In her career, she gathered two NWC titles, two First-Team All-NWC spots, two Second-Team All-NWC positions, five All-NWC Student-Athlete of the Week awards, five All-NWC Student-Athlete of the Week Honorable Mentions, four national tournament appearances (twice as an individual if she qualifies in golf in this year), Medalist honors for both the NWC Fall Classic and the NWC Tournament her freshman year and a NWC Player of the Year award.

She also holds the Whitworth women’s basketball record for 3-pointers made and attempted in a career. And with the NCAA Division III National Golf Tournament coming up on May 14-17 at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Destin, Fla., her career resumé may not yet be complete. The tournament field was expected to be named Monday, May 6; however, due to The Whitworthian production schedule, results were not available at press time. Check thewhitworthian.com for updates.

All accolades aside, simply being able to balance two sports with academics and a social life can be a very challenging task. Senior Emily Travis is in the same boat as Guthrie, because she also played both basketball and golf for the Pirates.

“Most of our friends were in sports so it wasn’t too hard socially, but it was definitely a challenge to get used to,” Travis said.

Guthrie agreed with her teammate and roommate, saying she will need to find something to do with herself when golf finishes up in mid-May.

“Learning how to deal with time and be properly organized took some time,” Guthrie said. “But now I’m just so used to it. I’m going to need another hobby after Whitworth.”

Guthrie, a kinesiology and nursing major, plans to apply for nursing school next spring, after surgery for her torn ACL.

“She is a great athlete, has good fundamental skills and is a competitor. You can see it on the basketball court and on the golf course,” Friedrichs said. “I couldn’t be happier with her career; she’s done us proud. She has the personal integrity and persona that represents Whitworth so well. She’s a special one.”

Korey Hope

Staff Writer

Contact Korey Hope at khope16@my.whitworth.edu

Men's golf prepares for national spotlight in Florida

After taking first in the Northwest Conference and qualifying for the national tournament, the Whitworth men’s golf team continues preparation to Destin, Fla. to compete in the NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championships.

Head coach Warren Friedrichs will be taking Whitworth to the national tournament for the third time in his Whitworth career. The 2012-2013 team is the best and deepest team that Friedrichs said he has ever had.

Senior Joey DeGroff, junior Stephen Plopper, junior Jesse Salzwedel and freshmen brothers Oliver and Lyle Rudnicki will be the five golfers representing Whitworth at the championship.

“We’re expecting just another tournament and to approach it no different than any other tournament,” DeGroff said. “Golf doesn’t really change. The pressure might change, but golf is golf.”

All five of the players were honored recently with Salzwedel and Oliver Rudnicki receiving First Team All-NWC while DeGroff, Plopper and Lyle Rudnicki earned Second Team All-NWC.

The men’s golf team accomplishments and success has also been established from their relationships off the green, Salzwedel said.

“The big key is the comradery amongst the team and I think in order to get to the level that we’re at we need to have a tight knit group that’s supportive of each other,” Salzwedel said. “Not just as golfers, but as good friends and brothers.”

The Bucs will be taking off to Destin on May 14 and over 30 teams will be attending the tournament.

Each team will play 18 holes on the first day of the tournament and the top 15 teams will advance to the second round.

“Our goal is to make the cut into the top 15[teams], which would be a big achievement for us and our conference,” Friedrichs said.

When the men’s golf team arrives, they will have the opportunity to participate in a practice round on each course. These courses will be difficult, due to the high level of competition and will contain a fair amount of water on the course, Friedrichs said.

Weather conditions as well as climate will also have an affect on the men’s golf game. Florida is at sea level, and also humid so this will cause the ball to go a lot shorter than playing golf here in the northwest Salzwedel said.

“We will have to get used to the tournament courses in our practice rounds.  Florida has different grasses compared to the Pacific Northwest.” Friedrichs said.  “The course conditions,the grass and the greens can make a difference in how you chip and putt and how you hit out of the rough.”

The Bucs will be playing some teams that they competed against in the West Cup March 25-26 and are expecting some pretty tough competition, but multiple players commented that if they worry about their game they will do well.

“Were playing with the best and that’s why it’s the national championship because the best teams are the ones that get to go,” Salzwedel said. “I think if we play our game and don’t worry about other teams and the size of the tournament, we could be in contention.”

Hard work has been a common theme amongst the Whitworth men’s golf team and hasn’t gone unnoticed as shown through their recipient of honors.

“There’s been a lot of hard work throughout the season, people haven’t taken days off and  have worked at it consistently through the season and that’s been enough to get us to where we need to be,” Oliver Rudnicki said.

While the men’s golf team competes in Florida, fans can listen to live audio and get live statistic updates by visiting www.ncaa.com.

Sasha Siclait

Staff Writer

Contact Sasha Siclait at ssiclait16@my.whitworth.edu

 

 

Conference golf season culminates in Oregon

Pirate men punch team ticket to the Division III National Championships

 

Men’s Golf

 

The men’s golf team competed this weekend in Woodburn, Ore., at the NWC Championship taking the conference title and will advance to compete  in the national tournament.

After day one of the tournament, Whitworth came in second with a score of 297, behind Linfield’s 295. This is a solid ranking season for Whitworth as they are now ranked No. 21 nationally in NCAA Division III.

“The course had a lot of holes in the grain, but overall we all played really well,” junior Stephen Plopper said. “We put ourselves in good position and we all played at a consistent pace.”

Plopper was Whitworth’s leading scorer for day one with a 72 and even par. He was in a four way tie for the second place player amongst all of the nine teams in the tournament. Plopper averages a 77.3 and five over par for the season.

Freshman Lyle Rudnicki was Whitworth’s second leading scorer on day one with a 74 and plus two over par and senior Joey DeGroff said Rudnicki’s short game was “unreal.”

In second place and only two shots back after day one, the men’s golf team set themselves up in a good position for round two of the two-day tournament.

“Going into the first round we wanted to put up solid scores to put ourselves in the running, take some pressure off us in the next round to just follow,” freshman Oliver Rudnicki said.

Sunday, the men’s golf team beat Linfield out for the first place spot by five with a total score of 593.

Lyle Rudnicki was Whitworth’s leading scorer for day two and had a total of 74 and four over par.

“I think we came out on fire and did what we needed to do,” DeGroff said. “We played our game and didn’t concentrate on how other teams were doing. We just focused on things that we could control.”

Overall, multiple players said the team met their goal of winning conference and making it to nationals. Whitworth has an average score of 76.41 and is ranked No. 13 for Division III schools on golfstat.com.

Five of the 12 players who made first and second team all league are from Whitworth. Junior Jesse Salzwedel and Lyle Rudnicki both made First Team All- NWC and DeGroff, Plopper and Oliver Rudnicki made Second Team All-NWC.

“The team played very consistent and we got contributions from all five players,” head coach Warren Friedrichs said. “It was really a just a team conference win.”

Whitworth will be going to Destin, Fla., to compete in the National Championships for NCAA Division III May 14-17.

“We had a great season, a lot of fun and a hard working team and they deserved it,” Friedrichs said.

 

Women’s Golf

 

The Whitworth Women’s golf team took third at the Northwest Conference Championships at OGA Golf Course in Woodburn, Ore., last weekend. While third is not high enough to advance into the national tournament as a team, three Pirates came home with top 10 finishes in the 38-golfer field.

Senior Emily Guthrie shot a seven-over par 79 on day one and a nine-over par 81 on day two to finish second overall. She finished behind George Fox senior Kelsey Morrison, who carded rounds of 75 and 77 for an eight-over par weekend.

Juliana Zajicek | File Photo Freshman Yvonne LaCoursiere follows through on her shot during the fall season at the Whitworth Invitational Sept. 30.

It was Guthrie’s last conference-play round of her career, but may not be her last round in general. Guthrie could receive a invitation to compete in the national tournament as an individual with her performance this season. She finished 12th at the weather-shortened NWC Spring Classic, which was her worst showing of the season. Guthrie finished no worse than fourth place in any other match on the year.

Freshman Chelsea Bayley was the next highest finisher for the Pirates, coming home in seventh place overall. After a 15-over par 87 on day one, Bayley finished with a much lower five-over par 77 on Sunday. The freshman’s top 10 finish was her third of the year, after finishing ninth at the Ohana Classic in Hawaii and taking first overall at the NWC Spring Classic earlier this month.

Sophomore Nicole Lomax was the third top 10 finisher for the Bucs, coming in just behind Bayley, tying for eighth place. Lomax played only one match before the NWC Championships, according to the Whitworth athletics website. It was the dual meet against Community Colleges of Spokane on April 13th, when she shot a 12-over par in the one-round match. Lomax showed no sign of inexperience last weekend, starting off Saturday with an eight-over par 80 and finishing the tournament with a 13-over round of 85.

Freshman Yvonne LaCoursiere was the fourth and final Whitworth golfer, coming home tied for 26th and carding rounds of 89 and 95. This was slightly uncharacteristic of LaCoursiere; both rounds exceeded her average round mark on the year.

Bayley and LaCoursiere both golfed in 10 matches this year, which led the squad. And with Guthrie the only senior on the team (Emily Travis has junior eligibility), the Whitworth women’s golf team will return next season with more experience and few new faces.

Check whitworthpirates.com in the coming weeks for updates on Emily Guthrie’s national tournament fate.

Sasha Siclait and Korey Hope

Staff Writers

Contact Sasha Siclait or Korey Hope at

ssiclait16@my.whitworth.edu

khope16@my.whitworth.edu

Women's golf claims duel meet win

The Whitworth women’s golf team beat Community Colleges of Spokane in a dual match at Indian Canyon in Spokane on Saturday. Senior Emily Guthrie, ranked No. 5 nationally at the Division III level, shot a two-under par 72 on the day to lead the Pirates, her lowest round of the season.

“Her putting has improved a lot and she is hitting the ball very well,” head coach Katie Fuqua said.

The match consisted of only one round and featured four Whitworth women golfers against five Spokane Community College golfers and an independent competitor. The team finished with a combined stroke total of 322 strokes and 26 strokes over par, while Community Colleges of Spokane combined for a total of 372 strokes for 76 strokes over par.

Freshman Chelsea Bayley shot a seven-over par 81 to finish second overall behind Guthrie.

“There was a small glitch in her swing that caused her to miss some greens,” Fuqua said. “But I’m sure she’ll get that ironed out in practice this week and have her game ready to go for the weekend.”

Freshman Yvonne LaCoursiere finished with a nine-over par 83 for third overall. The fourth and final golfer for Whitworth, sophomore Nicole Lomax, finished tied for fourth overall with a round total of 86.

“Our team is peaking at the right time, cohesiveness is great and everyone is pushing each other to improve,” Fuqua said.

Next up for the Pirates is the Northwest Conference Championships at OGA Golf Course in Woodburn, Ore. on April 20-21 beginning at 11 a.m.

Korey Hope Staff Writer Contact Korey Hope at khope16@my.whitworth.edu

DeGroff leads men's golf to Washington Cup victory

 The Whitworth men’s golf team returned to the course for another weekend of competition as they took on both Whitman and Pacific Lutheran University. Whitworth took first place in the Washington Cup in Moses Lake, Wash. Whitworth senior Joey DeGroff was the tournament top scorer.

“Joey[DeGroff] just played out of his mind this weekend,” junior Stephen Plopper said. “When Joey came in with a 69 that was a just really good score for him.”

DeGroff was three under par on Saturday’s tournament, and took the top spot over the second-place finisher from Pacific Lutheran by four strokes.

“I thought we did really well considering our best player [Jesse Salzwedel] was gone and we still won,” freshman Lyle Rudnicki said. “The guys on the team stepped up and Joey[DeGroff] and Plopper did very well.”

Plopper was Whitworth’s second highest finisher player this weekend scoring a 77 and a five over par.

“I think Plopper’s games has continually been getting better and a 77 in that wind is a good score,” DeGroff said.

Although conditions were windy and the difficulty of playing in the wind was a factor expressed among multiple players, Whitworth won the tournament.

“I think we handled the wind pretty well in that we came out ready and we’re going to be ready for this next weekend's tournament,” DeGroff said.

More than one player commented that conditions played a factor in the team’s performance this weekend.

“For the conditions we played in we did really well,” Plopper said. “We scored a 309 and it wasn’t our best, but it was good for those conditions.”

Overall Whitworth scored a 309 and a 21 over par, with Pacific Lutheran in second with a 314-26 and in last place Whitman scoring a 333-45. Whitworth is ranked nationally and heads to the NWC Championships with a chance to compete in the NCAA National Tournament in May.

“I am extremely excited and nervous, but I think we have a really good shot at making nationals,” Plopper said. We’ve put ourselves in a position where we can do well at nationals, and it goes to show we are a really strong team.”

Whitworth also has the opportunity to place first in conference this season if they place first or second April 20-21 at the Northwest Conference Championship in Woodburn, Ore.

Sasha Siclait Staff Writer Contact Sasha Siclait at ssiclait16@my.whitworth.edu

Pirates sixth at Spring Classic

The Whitworth women’s golf team finished sixth in the weather-shortened Northwest Conference Spring Classic in Bremerton, Wash. last weekend. The latter half of the two-day event was canceled due to weather and course conditions, making results from day one the final scores.

Freshman Chelsea Bayley finished the opening round of the NWC Spring Classic in first place overall. Bayley shot a three-over par score of 75 to lead all golfers, followed closely by George Fox’s Kelsey Morrison. Morrison shot a first round 76.

Whitworth senior Emily Guthrie finished with a first round score of 85, good enough for 12th place overall. The other top finisher for the Pirates was freshman Yvonne LaCoursiere at tied for 13th with an 86 first-round score.

While Bayley finished first overall with her opening round score, George Fox finished first in the team standings with a combined team total of 322 strokes. Whitman finished in second just five strokes behind the Bruins at 327, followed by Willamette at 344 total strokes. The Pirates finished sixth out of eight conference opponents with a score of 373.

This result puts Whitworth in fourth place in the Northwest Conference standings with six points in the NWC Fall Classic and three in the Spring Classic. George Fox leads the conference with eight points in each NWC match, and they lead Whitman 16-14 heading into the Northwest Conference Championship at Oregon Golf Association Golf Course in Woodburn, Ore. April 20-21. The match is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.

The Whitworth women’s team is back in action at the Spokane Community College/Whitworth Dual match at Indian Canyon in Spokane, Wash. The non-conference match is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

Korey Hope Staff Writer
Contact Korey Hope at khope16@my.whitworth.edu

Men's golf wins NWC Spring Classic

It was a successful weekend out on the green for the men’s golf team as they took first place out of nine teams in the NWC Spring Classic in Bremerton Wash.

Overall, the team scored three over par and a total of 291. Day two of the tournament was cancelled on Sunday due to the weather conditions. Whitworth was able to take only five of its 12 golfers to the two-day tournament, but was still able to finish first.

The men’s golf team had a high ranking record going into the Spring Classic. At the time of the meet, Whitworth was ranked No. 21 in NCAA Division III.

“We played really well at the West Cup which was good,” Friedrichs said. “The scores we shot gave us confidence that we could play with anybody, and we just had to sustain that.”

The Pirates came out and did just that this weekend taking five of their top players to the tournament.

“We wanted to come out mentally prepared and show that what we did in California was truly what we are capable of,” senior Joey DeGroff said.

Both DeGroff and junior Jesse Salzwedel scored a 72 and an even par on Saturday and junior Stephen Plopper shot a 73.

DeGroff said that the weather was a challenge for the weekend, but they had mentally prepared before hand, and Salzwedel said that Degroff handled the Northwest weather quite well.

“For Joey[DeGroff] to shoot a 72 in these conditions, being used to Arizona weather where it’s 80 degrees and sunny a lot of the, he did a wonderful job and I was impressed with the way he composed himself and produced a score,” Salzwedel said. “Golf is a difficult game in itself, and it makes it that much more difficult when you add wind and rain into the mix.”

Multiple players and Friedrichs said that one of the biggest challenges for the season has been the ability to only bring a few players from the roster to the tournaments because many are capable of competing in all of the tournaments.

“We have a large roster and so many players that can produce and it becomes tough to decide which five guys are going to go and represent Whitworth University,” Salzwedel said.

Whitworth will have the opportunity to go to nationals if they place first or second at the NWC Championship in Woodburn Ore. on April 20 and 21.

“I think its been a great season for the team,” DeGroff said. “We have set some goals and have reached those goals so that’s how I measure our success.”

The Pirates will be playing their next tournament on April 13 in Moses Lake, Wash.

Sasha Siclait Staff Writer

Contact Sasha Siclait at ssiclait16@my.whitworth.edu

Spring break recaps

 

Men’s Golf

The men’s golf team competed in The West Cup in Jurupa Valley, Calif., over spring break at the Goose Creek Golf Club. Whitworth placed third out of 15 teams. As a team, the Pirates shot a 34 over par and freshman Oliver Rudnicki shot a one under par to lead Whitworth. Junior Jesse Salzwedel placed second for the Pirates with an eight over par.

 

Women’s Golf

The Whitworth women’s golf team finished tied for second at the Ohana Classic in Hawaii over spring break, finishing just behind Northwest Conference foe Willamette. The Pirates were led by senior Emily Guthrie and freshman Chelsea Bayley, who both earned points for Whitworth in match play.

 

Men’s Track and Field

Over the break the men competed in the Buc Scoring Invite and junior Keegan Shea broke the school record in the hammer with a throw of 186-10 and senior Carter Comito tied the track record for discus with a throw of 193-1. They continued the following week to compete at the Peyton Scoring Meet and a handful of the men’s team broke nine meet records including Comito’s two wins in the shot put (55-9) and discus (186-8).

 

Women’s Track and Field

The women competed in the Buc Scoring Invite over Spring Break where freshman Kellyn Roiko’s 18:21.63 5000-meter run was the second fastest time in the Northwest Conference so far this year. The team competed in the Peyton Scoring Meet, in which Roiko set a new meet record in the 3000- meter steeplechase with a time of 11:39.98. Senior Rebekah Daniels broke another meet record in the hammer with a throw of 156-3.

 

Baseball

The Bucs baseball team played a pair of three-game series against Linfield and George Fox over spring break and suffered a six-game losing streak. The Bucs scored just 16 runs over the two series after plating 18 runs in the previous two games prior to spring break. In the final game against George Fox, the Pirates nearly broke the winning streak but lost 5-4 with a walk-off home run by George Fox in extra innings.

 

Softball

The Whitworth softball team went 6-4 over spring break, taking three of four against Lewis & Clark and going 3-3 in National Training Center Spring Games in Florida. Senior Jamie Brunner accounted for 16 hits and 17 RBIs through the 10 games.

 

Men’s tennis

The men’s tennis team spent spring break in California and had three matches against non-conference teams. The men started out strong with a 7-2 win over Caltech. The following two matches ended in defeat, with the Bucs losing to College of the Desert 7-2 and to Occidental 9-0.

 

Women’s tennis

Over spring break, the women’s tennis team traveled to California to compete with three schools outside the Northwest Conference. The Bucs were swept by MIT 9-0, but followed it up with a 5-4 win over Caltech. The women ended the week with a 6-3 loss against Westmont.

 

Whitworthian sports staff

 

 

Conference golf season culminates in Oregon

Pirate men punch team ticket to the Division III National Championships

 

Men’s Golf

 

The men’s golf team competed this weekend in Woodburn, Ore., at the NWC Championship taking the conference title and will advance to compete  in the national tournament.

After day one of the tournament, Whitworth came in second with a score of 297, behind Linfield’s 295. This is a solid ranking season for Whitworth as they are now ranked No. 21 nationally in NCAA Division III.

“The course had a lot of holes in the grain, but overall we all played really well,” junior Stephen Plopper said. “We put ourselves in good position and we all played at a consistent pace.”

Plopper was Whitworth’s leading scorer for day one with a 72 and even par. He was in a four way tie for the second place player amongst all of the nine teams in the tournament. Plopper averages a 77.3 and five over par for the season.

Freshman Lyle Rudnicki was Whitworth’s second leading scorer on day one with a 74 and plus two over par and senior Joey DeGroff said Rudnicki’s short game was “unreal.”

In second place and only two shots back after day one, the men’s golf team set themselves up in a good position for round two of the two-day tournament.

“Going into the first round we wanted to put up solid scores to put ourselves in the running, take some pressure off us in the next round to just follow,” freshman Oliver Rudnicki said.

Sunday, the men’s golf team beat Linfield out for the first place spot by five with a total score of 593.

Lyle Rudnicki was Whitworth’s leading scorer for day two and had a total of 74 and four over par.

“I think we came out on fire and did what we needed to do,” DeGroff said. “We played our game and didn’t concentrate on how other teams were doing. We just focused on things that we could control.”

Overall, multiple players said the team met their goal of winning conference and making it to nationals. Whitworth has an average score of 76.41 and is ranked No. 13 for Division III schools on golfstat.com.

Five of the 12 players who made first and second team all league are from Whitworth. Junior Jesse Salzwedel and Lyle Rudnicki both made First Team All- NWC and DeGroff, Plopper and Oliver Rudnicki made Second Team All-NWC.

“The team played very consistent and we got contributions from all five players,” head coach Warren Friedrichs said. “It was really a just a team conference win.”

Whitworth will be going to Destin, Fla., to compete in the National Championships for NCAA Division III May 14-17.

“We had a great season, a lot of fun and a hard working team and they deserved it,” Friedrichs said.

 

Women’s Golf

 

The Whitworth Women’s golf team took third at the Northwest Conference Championships at OGA Golf Course in Woodburn, Ore., last weekend. While third is not high enough to advance into the national tournament as a team, three Pirates came home with top 10 finishes in the 38-golfer field.

Senior Emily Guthrie shot a seven-over par 79 on day one and a nine-over par 81 on day two to finish second overall. She finished behind George Fox senior Kelsey Morrison, who carded rounds of 75 and 77 for an eight-over par weekend.

Juliana Zajicek | File Photo Freshman Yvonne LaCoursiere follows through on her shot during the fall season at the Whitworth Invitational Sept. 30.

It was Guthrie’s last conference-play round of her career, but may not be her last round in general. Guthrie could receive a invitation to compete in the national tournament as an individual with her performance this season. She finished 12th at the weather-shortened NWC Spring Classic, which was her worst showing of the season. Guthrie finished no worse than fourth place in any other match on the year.

Freshman Chelsea Bayley was the next highest finisher for the Pirates, coming home in seventh place overall. After a 15-over par 87 on day one, Bayley finished with a much lower five-over par 77 on Sunday. The freshman’s top 10 finish was her third of the year, after finishing ninth at the Ohana Classic in Hawaii and taking first overall at the NWC Spring Classic earlier this month.

Sophomore Nicole Lomax was the third top 10 finisher for the Bucs, coming in just behind Bayley, tying for eighth place. Lomax played only one match before the NWC Championships, according to the Whitworth athletics website. It was the dual meet against Community Colleges of Spokane on April 13th, when she shot a 12-over par in the one-round match. Lomax showed no sign of inexperience last weekend, starting off Saturday with an eight-over par 80 and finishing the tournament with a 13-over round of 85.

Freshman Yvonne LaCoursiere was the fourth and final Whitworth golfer, coming home tied for 26th and carding rounds of 89 and 95. This was slightly uncharacteristic of LaCoursiere; both rounds exceeded her average round mark on the year.

Bayley and LaCoursiere both golfed in 10 matches this year, which led the squad. And with Guthrie the only senior on the team (Emily Travis has junior eligibility), the Whitworth women’s golf team will return next season with more experience and few new faces.

Check whitworthpirates.com in the coming weeks for updates on Emily Guthrie’s national tournament fate.

Sasha Siclait and Korey Hope

Staff Writers

Contact Sasha Siclait and Korey Hope at

sssiclait16@my.whitworth.edu

khope16@my.whitworth.edu

 

Individual Whitworth golfers take part in Warrior Invitational

The women’s golf team competed individuallly at the Warrior Invitational tournament. The golfers usually compete as a team, but due to the schedule and illness only three golfers competed.

“This was a Monday and Tuesday tournament and Whitworth is about academics, and there was a couple of tests that needed to be taken,” head women's golf coach Katie Fuqua said. “We also had a girl that was injured and couldn’t play.”

Senior Emily Guthrie, a two-sport athlete at Whitworth was out this week due to a torn ACL from her recent basketball season. She said she is resting up and will be out on the green for her next tournament.

Three freshman competed for the first time this spring this weekend and were the only three competitors for the Pirates. Yvonne LaCoursiere scored a 90-84-174, Chelsea Bayley shot a 99-95-194, and Cindy Tapia scored a 105-95-200.

“All of us were down, but it’s the beginning of the season, and we’re really trying to prepare for conference.” Bayley said. “It was a good learning experience.

This was the first tournament of the spring for the golf team, and although the women competed individually, it was beneficial to get back on the green for the first time this season according to Fuqua.

It was a rough weekend for the these individuals, but it hasn’t put a damper on their hopes for this upcoming season, and they are hopeful that their other teammates recover soon.

“We’re just really trying to get healthy for our next tournament,” Bayley said.

The women’s golf team competes again in Kaneohe Hawaii and Oahu, Hawaii on March 26 and 27.

Sasha Siclait Staff Writer Contact Sasha Siclait at ssiclait16@my.whitworth.edu

Men's golf third at Warrior Invitational

The Whitworth men’s golf team finished third in the Warrior Invitational tournament that took place on March 11 and 12 in Clarkston, Wash. There were six teams competing from Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

The top overall scorer for the tournament was Kent Hagen from Washington State with a 69-71. The top two scorers from Whitworth were freshman Oliver Rudnicki with seven over par and a score of 75 for a total of 151 for the tournament, and senior Joey DeGroff with just three over par and scored a 71 and an overall total of 147.

“Joey DeGroff probably had one of his best rounds and Oliver [Rudnicki] was steady as he usually is,” head coach Warren Friedrichs.

According the Rudnicki the weather did not only affect his game, but the overall game of the team as well. The greens were a lot faster than what the Pirates had been previously practicing on and one of the few times they have been outside this season.

“The course was tough to adjust to since we haven’t been outside,” Rudnicki said. “It was good practice to know what we need to work on for the season.”

The lack of ability to practice outside this season was a factor in the overall success of the team this weekend, as well as missing one of their key players, junior Jesse Salzwedel according to Friedrichs.

“It was good to get back into tournament mode.” Friedrichs said. “We can certainly perform better, and the main thing is getting tournaments in and preparing for the Spring Classic and Championship.”

Freshman Andrew Dodge scored a 154 over the course of both days as well as freshman Tyler McQuilkin scored a 155.

Whitworth scored a 314 on day one, and again a 314 on day two, and that put them at third with a total of 628 over the course of their two day tournament.

“Our team definitely has potential,” Rudnicki said. “Both of our teams scored the same and that shows that our team has a lot of depth.”

The Whitworth men’s golf team will have their next tournament in Mira Loma, Cali. on March 26 and 27.

Sasha Siclait Staff Writer Contact Sasha Siclait at ssiclait16@my.whitworth.edu

Billeter highlights Whitworth performance at Lutes Invitational

The Whitworth men’s golf teams finished in a tie for second place at the Lutes Invitational at the Home Course in Dupont, Wash., last weekend, despite being limited to practice in the Fieldhouse for much of the schedule gap between fall and spring seasons.

Whitworth, ranked No. 23 nationally in the most recent GCAA Division III men’s golf poll, was led by freshman Austin Billleter who shot a 75, 72 two-day total that was good for a second place individual finish.

“I didn’t have the greatest fall season -- I’ve been playing well in the spring and it was nice to come out in a tournament -- especially today I had quite a few birdies and just played well and played loose,” Billleter said.

Junior Jesse Salzwedel, the top Pirate finisher at the NWC Fall Classic last semester, recognized the potential of Billeter’s game.

“I think he surprised a lot of people with the talent that he has,” Salzwedel said. “He’s able to compete with anyone in our conference; I think it showed his true demeanor and true confidence in the way he was able to post a score.”

The Pirates were split into two teams; Whitworth and Whitworth B. The Whitworth team was composed of the top-five finishers from the fall season, while Whitworth B was composed five other Pirate golfers.

Both teams shot two-day totals 617, which qualified for second place behind the host school, PLU, with a team total of 600.

“In a way [the team tie] was surprising, but in a way it wasn’t because I know all the guys on our team have potential,” freshman Lyle Rudnicki said. “It’s just about who can bring that potential forth in that weekend.”

Freshman Oliver Rudnicki and Salzwedel finished with two-day totals at eight over par and tied for fourth overall. Salzwedel had the overall tournament lead after posting a 72 on the first day of action.

“Saturday was good, not being able to play much this winter I didn’t feel as prepared as I would have liked but I went out there and took it one stroke at a time,” Salzwedel said. “I don’t think the fact that I had the lead after one day was what got to me, I just failed to execute.”

The Whitworth B squad, led by Billeter’s performance, was also highlighted by senior Christian Boudreau’s 78, 75 two-day total that placed him sixth overall, and freshman Tyler McQuilkin with a 78, 79 that tied him with Lyle Rudnicki for 13th overall.

The other Whitworth team was led by Oliver Rudnicki and Salzwedel who both posted two-day totals of 152.

“What I saw most difficult about this weekend was chipping, and putting, and short game around the greens because there has been so much snow around we haven’t been able to practice on the course,” Lyle Rudnicki said. “Considering all that, I think our team did really well this weekend, and even though we came in second, I’m not worried at all going forward for the rest of the season.”

Weather permitting, the Pirates now look forward to practicing on the course as they prepare for the Lewis-Clark Invitation on March 11-12.

Andrew Forhan

Sports Editor

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Men’s golf takes first at NWC Fall Classic

The men’s golf team  concluded a tough tournament outing this weekend to finish first in the conference at the Northwest Conference Fall Classic at the Tri-Mountain Golf Course. After the first day of competition, Whitworth led the University of Puget Sound by one stroke with a score of 301.  On the second day, Whitworth pulled ahead to beat Puget Sound by 19 strokes with a second round score of 286.

“We pretty much knew it was going to be the usual top five teams for us to compete with,” head coach Warren Friedrichs said.  “All in all, everybody played very well.”

Junior Jesse Salzwedel shot 73, 70 to finish first for the men and second overall in the conference.  Junior Stephen Plopper and freshman Lyle Rudnicki both finished tied for second overall for the Pirates and tied for fifth overall, with Plopper shooting 72, 75 and Rudnicki shooting 80, 67.  Lyle Rudnicki’s second round score of 67 ended up being the best individual round of the tournament.  Freshman Oliver Rudnicki tied for tenth overall shooting 76, 74 and Freshman Samson Martinez rounded out the scoring for the men’s team shooting 80, 79.

The first day of the tournament was met with heavy rain, but the second day was calmer .

“The rain held off until the last three holes this time around, and thus, our scores ended up being much better,” Friedrichs said.

Jesse Salzwedel had a strong performance in returning to the lineup for the first time since the Lewiston Triangular on Sept. 15.  However, Friedrichs says that he wasn’t surprised with Salzwedel’s performance.

“He’s been like that, always a great tournament player,” Friedrichs said.

Salzwedel indicated that the time off would have been a problem, except for a number of reasons.

“It wasn’t as different [coming back] as I thought it would be,” Salzwedel said.  “I’d been in conference tournaments before in high positions so I was able to find my groove early on.”

His presence was also felt by his teammates who enjoyed his veteran leadership.

“Jesse did a good job of motivating us this weekend,” Lyle Rudnicki said.  “He gave us a pep talk before the match that made us feel a lot better.”

However, Salzwedel was not the only one who made an impact that day.  The three freshmen on the Whitworth team came in and played resiliently.

“It was good to see that when one round wasn’t so good, they could come back and play better in the next,” Friedrichs said.  “We really needed everybody today and we got them.”

Thus, the freshmen had strong and crucial play down the stretch that heavily contributed  to the team win.

“I was super stoked to see the maturity of these freshmen after the first round,” Salzwedel said.  “They stepped up and played really great in the second round to contribute to a phenomenal team score.”

Going into competition this weekend, with five teams having a shot at the title, the Pirates stayed focused on what they could control.

“We needed to play how we were capable of playing,” Lyle Rudnicki said.  “We knew that we could go out there and win the tournament.”

Despite the individual confidence of the players, team play really governed their mindset going in.

“It wasn't all about one person shooting well, it was about everyone contributing and putting up a good score when they were needed most," Lyle Rudnicki said.

As the men’s team concludes the fall season with the conference championship, the men will have an advantage in points as they approach the spring season with the rest of the conference teams.

“To win like we did was good,” Friedrichs said.  “Now we have to turn our attention to the spring classic.”

“Mentally, this is huge for us,” Lyle Rudnicki said.  “As freshmen, winning our first NWC Fall Classic gives us a lot of confidence going forward.”

“We need to remain patient now.  Just because we won, doesn’t mean we’re going to nationals,” Salzwedel said.  “We just have to keep an optimistic attitude and trust that things will come out the way they’re supposed to.”

The Whitworth men’s team will continue competition in the spring.

Connor Soudani Staff Writer

Contact Connor Soudani at csoudani16@my.whitworth.edu.

Whitworth women take third at NWC Fall Classic

The Whitworth women’s golf team concluded its fall season this past weekend at the NWC Fall Classic at the Tri-Mountain Golf Course.  After tying with Linfield after the first day of competition, the Pirates separated themselves from the Wilcats by 22 strokes to take over sole possession of third place after day two.

Head coach Katie Fuqua said that she is satisfied with the results the team got this weekend.  “After poor conditions on the first day, we were able to rebound for a much better second day.”.

Senior Emily Guthrie capped off a strong season to finish first for the Pirates and second overall shooting 80, 73.  Freshman Chelsea Bayley came in second and tied for fourteenth overall after shooting 91, 84.  Freshman Yvonne LaCoursiere was third for the Pirates shooting 95, 84.  Junior Ashley Danforth shot 91, 99 and came in fourth for the Pirates.  Freshman Cindy Tapia rounded out the scoring for the women shooting 102, 94.

Whitman finished second in team scores, edging out Whitworth by 11 strokes to finish with 681, while George Fox took home the team title with a team score of 629.

As the day of the tournament came, it was not only the other teams on the minds of the women.

“When it was raining the first day, it was much more mentally challenging to stay focused,” Guthrie said.  “When it didn’t rain as much the second day, everybody had a much better mindset.”

With freshmen making up a significant portion of the women’s roster this season, they shouldered a lot of responsibility.

“They’re really good at playing a full 18,” Danforth said.  “They always kept a good attitude out there.”

Despite the challenges facing them this season, the Pirates hold their heads high.

“It was nice to see everyone improve over the course of the season,” Guthrie said.  “Classics are really fun to play in.”

As the women approached the tournament, with all the tough competition looming over their heads, it was important for them to stay focused.

“Attitude played a pretty big role this weekend,” Danforth said.  “We stayed positive, as we were determined to give it all we had.”

Coach Fuqua agreed that positivity played a huge role.

“Our resilient play was testament to our attitude through both days,” Fuqua said.

The fact that it was the end of the season fueled them even more.

“It was the last tournament of the year and we wanted to show (teams in our conference) what we had,” Guthrie said.

With such a long season behind them, there is a lot to consider for next season.

“We worked hard right to the end,” Fuqua said.  “We need to work on our short game in the off-season, so it won’t be a problem for us next season.”

The players are keen on their weaknesses and plan to do whatever they can to improve them in the off-season.

“We’ll keep practicing when we can,” Guthrie said.  “Whether it’s putting around the house, the dorm, in the snow or wherever, we’ll do what we need to do so we can improve.”

The Whitworth women’s golf team will continue competition in the spring.

Connor Soudani Staff Writer

Contact Connor Soudani at csoudani16@my.whitworth.edu.

Weather troubles Whitworth golf at PLU Invitational

Strong winds and rain create challenge for Pirates during conference match The Whitworth men’s golf team continued its season this weekend after a week off by competing at the PLU Invitational on the Chambers Bay Golf Course.  The wind and rain, however, made for a rough first day of competition.

“We haven’t had these kind of conditions before in this season,” Whitworth head coach Warren Friedrichs said.  “It was tough going out there.”

Freshman Oliver Rudnicki led the way for the Pirates on day one, shooting a 74 through 18 holes.  Freshman Tyler McQuilkin shot 76, junior Stephen Plopper shot a 79, senior Christian Boudreau shot 84 and freshman Lyle Rudnicki rounded out the first day of scoring for the men with an 85.  Whitworth shot a team score of 313 to finish fourth out of eleven teams after the first day of competition.

“305 was more of the target for us today, but unfortunately we just couldn’t get it,” Friedrichs said.

High winds of around 25 mph combined with relentless rain and the dunes and narrow greens with traps made for some of the most challenging conditions that the Pirates have faced all year.

“It was pretty rough out there today,” Oliver Rudnicki said. “It was really windy that first nine, but the back nine played better.  We just had to grind it out really.”

Host Pacific Lutheran University led the team scoring with 304, followed by University of Puget Sound with 305 and Whitman College with 310.  Whitworth finished fourth with 313, followed by George Fox and Willamette.

While tallying eight strokes more than they had hoped, the men were confident about shooting their goal on Monday.

“If Lyle [Rudnicki] starts shooting what he did at Whitman, we’ll have a much better shot at hitting our mark of 305 ,” Friedrichs said.  “We just couldn’t get a fourth score in the seventies today, and it killed us.”

Oliver Rudnicki was focused on what he had to do for the conclusion of the tournament on Monday.

“The weather will be the same, so the game plan will be the same,” Oliver  Rudnicki said.  “We’ve got to get through that first nine and go low on the back nine for our best shot with scoring.”

As for the finishes of the other teams this weekend, Friedrichs isn’t discouraged.

“I knew this season that it would come down to five teams for conference and that any one of them could win any tournament at any given time,” Friedrichs said.  “Conference conditions won’t be like what we had today though, and having Jesse [Salzwedel]  around will help.”

Despite the gloomy conditions of the day, the team did find a bright spot in freshman Tyler McQuilkin, who shot a 76  through 18 to finish second in team scoring.  McQuilkin finished the day with his best tournament appearance since the Lewiston Triangular on Sept. 15.

“It feels pretty good to finally get out there and go to work,” McQuilkin said.  “The conditions were rough but it was a lot of fun to play out there.”

This revived play of McQuilkin is a key for the Pirates’ continuation of the tournament on Monday, and his consistency will be needed.

“I think I can keep it going.  A lot of things felt better out there and I can learn from that and move forward,” McQuilkin said.

As the men prepared for Monday’s competition, there were a lot of things that the men wanted to keep in mind.

“We came off a good win last weekend at Whitman which is keeping our spirits high,” Oliver Rudnicki said.  “However, these guys on the other teams are mostly all from the Pacific Northwest, so they know how to play in the wind and rain.”

Due to Whitworthian press time, results from Monday’s competition were unavailable for the print issue. Check online at www.thewhitworthian.com for extended coverage of Monday’s competition.

The men’s team, who are preparing for conference now, will have a tight race as golfers compete for roster spots on the conference team.  The NWC Classic will be a true testing point for the Pirates on their quest for nationals this season.

The NWC Classic will commence on Oct. 27-28 in Ridgefield, Wash. at the Tri Mountain Golf Course.

Connor Soudani Staff Writer

Contact Connor Soudani at csoudani16@my.whitworth.edu.

 

Men's Golf Update:

The men’s golf team completed its last tournament before the conference tournament this weekend at the PLU Invitational.  While sitting in fourth place after competition on Sunday, the Pirates moved up to tie with Whitman College and finished third after a strong performance on Monday.

“I feel good about the team’s performance this weekend,” head men’s golf coach Warren Friedrichs said.  “We were able to send a couple of players who didn’t play in the last tournament, which is always nice to do.”

Freshman Oliver Rudnicki led the way for the Pirates, tying for third at the tournament after shooting a 74, 75.  Freshman Tyler McQuilkin finished second on the team for the men and tied for 14th overall, shooting a 76, 79.  Junior Stephen Plopper shot a 79 each day while senior Christian Boudreau shot 84, 78 and freshman Lyle Rudnicki shot 85, 82 to round out the scoring for the Pirates.

“The conditions were considerably better on Monday, but we still didn’t perform at our best,” Oliver Rudnicki said.  “We’re fired up to go to conference though because we feel like we can play a lot better.”

As the conference tournament draws closer, the competition for the conference title will be tough.

“There are some pretty good teams out there in PLU, UPS, Whitman, Linfield and ourselves,” Friedrichs said.  “It’s the deepest league I’ve seen since I took over, but we’re building our depth with these different opportunities in tournaments.”

The Pirates will compete at the Northwest Conference Classic at Tri-Mountain Golf Course on Oct. 27 and 28.

The Crow's Nest: Oliver and Lyle Rudnicki, men’s golf

As Whitworth prepares for a run at the conference championship, it will need help from a large freshmen group, including freshmentwins Lyle and Oliver Rudnicki. Looking back on their journey, the twin brothers have gone through quite a bit to get here. Born in England, the brothers ended up moving to Redmond, Wash., with their family and attended Redmond High School soon after.

After playing for nine years, it was important to the twins to be in a smaller, more intimate class setting for college.  Head coach Warren Friedrichs introduced that environment to them with Whitworth.

“They didn’t express a need to stay together when going to college,” Friedrichs said.  “They’re not rooming together and they have very different academic interests.”

Despite this, Lyle and Oliver both liked the hospitality of the student body and the way they fit in on the team.  Their competitive nature was only heightened by this experience.

“We’ve always been competitive with each other,” Lyle said.  “When you have a twin brother, you’re competitive in everything, and I mean everything.”

When the men’s season began, not even Lyle and Oliver knew what kind of impact they would have on the team.  Over the last two tournaments, the twins splashed onto the scene.  Lyle had a first-place finish at the Whitman Invitational on Oct. 1.  After beating his brother in the previous tournament, Oliver also had a noteworthy finish at the Whitman invitational, finishing 10th overall.

“They have very different personalities,” Friedrichs said.  “Oliver is more quiet, while Lyle is more of a carefree kid.”

The significant personality differences have even generated a nickname for Lyle.

“Yeah, coach calls Lyle “cas” because he’s so casual and relaxed when he plays out there,” Oliver said.  “Me, I like being serious when I play; it helps me stay focused.”

However, Friedrichs is not the only one to notice the contrasting personalities.

“Lyle will hit a bad hole and laugh it off, but they both play very relaxed out there in their own way,” junior golfer Jesse Salzwedel said.

Being relaxed has granted the brothers the ability to stay mentally positive during matches.

Despite their outstanding game mentality, it is their work ethic in practice that gets Coach Friedrichs’ attention.

“I was impressed initially, and still am, in the fact that they both spend so much time working on every facet of their game,” Friedrichs said.

That work ethic is something the twins have carried with them for a long time.

“You can’t get better until you make your weaknesses your strengths,” Oliver said.

As the Pirates progress through the season with aspirations for postseason play, the Rudnicki twins hope to be a part of it as best they can.

“They care a lot about what they do and they really want to contribute to our success,” Salzwedel said.

The freshmen brothers will look to continue their strong play and help Whitworth as the season goes on.

“We really just want to do what we can for our teammates,” Lyle said.

Connor Soudani Staff Writer

Contact Connor Soudani at csoudani16@my.whitworth.edu.

Guthrie leads Bucs to fourth place finish

The Whitworth women’s golf team finished fourth at the Culturame Classic hosted by George Fox this last weekend. The George Fox team finished first with Kelsey Morrison (151) finishing first overall followed by Kiana Lumanlan in second.  Whitworth senior Emily Guthrie shot 87 in the first round, but closed strong with a 73 in the second round to finish fourth overall in the tournament.  Freshman Yvonne LaCoursiere (85, 93) finished 19th overall and second for the Pirates while Chelsea Bayley (97, 84) finished 26th overall and third for the Pirates.  Freshman Cindy Tapia (95,92) finished 31st overall and fourth for the Pirates.

“The weather was nicer the second day, but the fact that we hadn’t played this course before definitely made it harder the first day,” head coach Katie Fuqua said.

The team improved drastically the second day of play with  Guthrie dropping 14 points between rounds.

“I don’t think consistency will be a problem for us going into conference,” senior Emily Guthrie said.  “The course this weekend was hard, but course familiarity down the stretch will work to our advantage.”

The women may be feeling optimistic, but there is still a lot to work ahead as they prepare for the NWC Classic.

“Our short game needs to get better,” Fuqua said in response to what key factors will be for adequate preparation for the conference match.

Despite the significantly stronger performance of the women on the second day of the tournament, Whitworth (706) fell short to conference teams George Fox (632) and Willamette (662).

“There’s some pretty stiff competition in conference at this point, but we’re right in the top three if everyone comes ready to play,” Guthrie said.

Guthrie also feels that despite roller-coaster team performances like this one, the women will be mentally ready to compete at conference.

“We definitely learn every round we play what we need in order to get better,” Guthrie said.  “There was no discouragement in the women after day one and we thus progressed a lot after day two.”

This was the last tournament for the women before the NWC Classic on Oct. 27-28 in Ridgefield, Wash.

Connor Soudani Staff Writer

Contact Connor Soudani at csoudani16@my.whitworth.edu

Bucs start strong at Whitman Invitational

Pirates lead conference foes after first day of play in Walla Walla, Wash. The Whitworth men’s golf team played an admirable first day of competition at the Whitman Invitational last weekend in Walla Walla.  The Pirates were sitting very comfortably after Sunday with impressive performances from emerging freshmen.

After the first day of play, freshmen Lyle Rudnicki (69), Oliver Rudnicki (70), Samson Martinez (73) and Stephen Thoen (77) proved that they will carry a significant role for the team this season.  Junior Stephen Plopper also finished with a 75 while fellow junior Joey DeGroff shot a 79.  The team shot 287 as a team for the day, in first place ahead of seven other conference teams.

Whitworth was the only team with a score under par after the first round, shooting one under par.

“I can’t remember the last time we did this,” head coach Warren Friedrichs said about his team’s performance.

The men led their closest competitor, Pacific Lutheran University, by five strokes after the first day of competition.

“Those three rounds at Avondale (North Idaho Invitational) last week were important in sorting out our strongest players.  It allowed us to put a strong team together this week.  It was really just a great day,” Friedrichs said.

Freshmen twins Lyle and Oliver Rudnicki have been leading the charge as of late for the Pirates.  Without the availability of junior Jesse Salzwedel recently due to personal reasons, there is reason to feel good about the men’s chances as the season progresses.

“I’ve played in a lot of college tournaments already but I still get pretty nervous out there,” Lyle Rudnicki said. “The guys make you feel comfortable though.”

His brother Oliver expressed similar feelings.

“As we keep practicing and playing together, we’ll get more accustomed to it,” Oliver Rudnicki said.  “These practices will also keep us on track to be consistent as the season goes on.”

Due to Whitworthian press deadlines, coverage of the tournament conclusion on Monday was unavailable for print in this issue.  Check online at thewhitworthian.com for extended coverage and results of the tournament.

The men’s team will play next on Oct. 14-15 at the PLU Invitational in University Place, Wash.

 

Update

Whitworth men’s golf concluded one of its best tournaments of the season this past weekend.  After playing a strong round on Sunday, the freshmen-led team left their mark on day two to finish first overall in the tournament.

Freshman Lyle Rudnicki continued his strong performance from Sunday by shooting another 69 on Monday, winning the tournament as an individual.  Freshman Oliver Rudnicki also had a notable performance shooting a 75 to follow his score of 70 on Sunday.  The rest of the team shot well, with each player shooting nothing higher than a 79.  Freshman Samson Martinez (73, 73), junior Stephen Plopper shot (75, 73) freshman Stephen Thoen (77, 74)  and junior Joey DeGroff  (79, 75) rounded out the scoring for the Pirates.

“Being consistent both days made me really pleased,” head coach Warren Friedrichs said.  “The team atmosphere is good despite the stress in qualifying for tournaments.”

Friedrichs proceeded to say that he would like to see similar or better results at the next tournament with junior Jesse Salzwedel, a 2011 First Team All-NWC selection, returning to competition.

The Pirates will compete next on Oct. 14-15 at the PLU Invitational in University Place, Wash.

Connor Soudani Staff Writer

Contact Connor Soudani at csoudani16@my.whitworth.edu.

Pirates host Whitworth Invitational

The Whitworth women’s golf team capped off an impressive first day of competition at home for the Whitworth Invitational at the Spokane Country Club.  The women were met with their first opportunity to take on multiple conference rivals at once last weekend, and it turned out to be one of their best performances thus far.

Senior Emily Guthrie led the way with a tournament-best 74.  After the first day, Whitworth finished second to Whitman’s 316 with a 326.  Freshman Chelsea Bayley finished with a 82 to tie junior Ashley Danforth for a tenth-place individual finish.  Freshman Yvonne LaCoursiere also shot 88, while Cindy Tapia shot 99. With another day of competition yet to come, head coach Katie Fuqua expressed her excitement.

“I am very happy with how we played today,” Fuqua said.  “We have definitely progressed as a team from last week, especially in the area of course management.”

Last week, the women found themselves with a difficult course at the North Idaho Invitational and had their difficulties as a team.  This week, the home-field advantage has given the women’s team a much-needed boost.

“I think we were all pretty familiar with the course today,” Guthrie said. “We definitely capitalized on our familiarity with the course. We played the course well and we shot well as a result.”

As the team heads into more competitions with conference competitors, consistent play becomes increasingly important.

“I think we can expect results from our team on a consistent basis.  This team just keeps getting better and better week after week,” Guthrie said.  The team will need a steady improvement if they hope to best teams such as George Fox and Whitman for a spot at regionals after the conference meet.

“I’m seeing a lot of positives through 18 holes,” Danforth said.  “We’re really staying mentally strong through these tournaments.”

Danforth also spoke about the role of  the freshmen on this year’s team.

“I think all the freshmen are showing positive signs at this point,” Danforth said. “ They’re all different, yet they all have their own unique qualities that make them good players to have.”

Coach Fuqua also spoke about the team’s area for improvement.

“We played well today, but we still need to hit more greens;  our short game still isn’t very good,” Fuqua said.

Due to Whitworthian press deadlines, coverage of Monday’s conclusion of the Whitworth Invitational was unavailable for print. Be sure to check online for extended coverage and quotes of the event.

Next up, the women will play at the George Fox Invitational Oct. 6-7 in Aloha, Ore.

 

Update

The women’s golf team completed the Whitworth Invitational this past Monday, with one of the more notable team performances of the season.

The strong performance of senior Emily Guthrie, who shot a 74, 76, was aided by the play from junior Ashley Danforth (82, 80) and freshman Chelsea Bayley (82, 84).  Freshman Yvonne LaCoursiere recorded an 88, 89 while fellow freshman Cindy Tapia shot a 99, 89.

The Whitworth women finished second overall with a two day score of 655, behind Whitman with 639.  The women finished ahead of conference teams Willamette 674, Linfield 723, and Puget Sound 871.

“It’s a difficult course, but luckily, we had good conditions,” head coach Katie Fuqua said.  “We still have a lot to work on, but I’m proud of what the girls did.”

The team faces the challenge of improving steadily with a number of injured players on the roster.

Next, the  women’s team will play this weekend, Oct. 6-7, at the George Fox Invitational in Aloha, Ore.

Connor Soudani Staff Writer

Contact Connor Soudani at csoudani16@my.whitworth.edu.

Guthrie leads Pirates on first day of competition in Idaho

The Whitworth women’s golf team had an important outing this weekend for the first half of the North Idaho Invitational. The invite, which featured many NAIA and community college teams, was a critical test of the team’s strength and standing as they progress towards conference play. Senior Emily Guthrie, who finished third at the event last year, highlighted the performance this year for the women shooting an 81 first round (including a hole-in-one) and a 75 second round.

“I was proud that we stayed strong through 36 holes,” Guthrie said.

The women, while stumbling through the first round, shaved off 22 points for a stronger second-round performance. In reference to the team’s major comeback, Guthrie added that the dramatic improvement was a good sign for the rest of the invite competition and also for the season to come.

Freshman Yvonne LaCoursiere also expressed her positive reaction to the day’s events.

“I was very happy that we improved in that second round,” she said. “I think every time we play a new course it really helps us gain experience.”

That experience was much needed for the three freshmen who will have to take a more prominent role in scoring for the team as the season progresses.

The women’s team is going into this year with a wide assortment of new challenges to deal with in comparison to previous years. While already competing with a relatively small team of seven, the Pirates are also fighting injuries suffered by Nicole Lomax and Emily Travis.

“We have a lot of room for improvement in multiple areas,” head coach Katie Fuqua said. “Honestly, we don’t stack up well in conference right now. We’re hoping to do what we were able to do in the past.”

Whitworth will confront many competitive teams in conference this year, including rival George Fox University and recently emerged Whitman College, which edged the Pirates in the Lewiston Triangular on Sept. 8.

The women’s team finished up competition at the North Idaho Invite on Monday, Sept. 24. Results from Monday’s competition were not available at Whitworthian press time.

Whitworth will play in the Whitworth Invitational in Spokane on Sept. 30.

 

 

Women’s golf online update: Whitworth places fourth in Idaho

The Whitworth women’s team finished up play  at the North Idaho Invitational on Monday.  The team consisted of senior Emily Guthrie (234)  freshmen Chelsea Bayley (262), Yvonne LaCoursiere (276), and Cindy Tapia (300).

The Pirates shot a combined score of 1072, edging out the University of Great Falls by five strokes to earn finish in fourth place.  Guthrie, who led the Pirates in scoring, finished tied with Lewis-Clark State’s Idah Wisenhunt for second place.

Lewis-Clark State College took the team title with a score of 950.

The women host an important tournament next weeked that will impact conference standings.  The Pirates will host the Whitworth Invitational at the Spokane Country Club on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.

 

Connor Soudani Staff Writer

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