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.

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

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

Contact Connor Soudani at csoudani16@my.whitworth.edu