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Whitworth golf team poised to win conference title

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Krystal Pitkonen (pictured) and Liz Martin have led the Pirates in scoring this year with a scoring average of 88.56 (Photo: Whitworth Athletics) Krystal Pitkonen (pictured) and Liz Martin have led the Pirates in scoring this year with a scoring average of 88.56 (Photo: Whitworth Athletics)

The women's golf team at Whitworth University is poised to win its first-ever Northwest Conference title this weekend at Apple tree Golf course in Yakima.

The Bucs go into the tournament with a 4-point lead over their nearest competitor, Puget Sound, because of wins at both the NWC Fall Classic and the more recent NWC Spring Classic.  They lost by one stroke to second-place Puget Sound last week in the NWC North Tournament.

Pacific University is the conference's defending champion.  George Fox has won several tournaments this year, and Linfield is also a talented team.

Krystal Pitkonen (Jr., Colbert, Wash.) and Liz Martin (Fr., Portland, Ore.) have led the Pirates in scoring average this year with an identical scoring average of 88.56. Mariesa Stombaugh (Jr., Salem, Ore.) has not been far behind, posting a per-round average of 91.0.

The Pirates (16 points) have a four-point lead over Puget Sound (12 points) in the current standings. The NWC Fall Classic and NWC Spring Classic both count 25% toward the final conference standings, while the end-of-the-year NWC Tournament counts 50%.

Current NWC Golf Standings (Through NWC Spring Classic):

School

Fall Classic

Spring Classic

NWC Tourn.

Final

Whitworth

8

8

--

16

Puget Sound

5

7

--

12

Pacific (Ore.)

7

4

--

11

George Fox

6

5

--

11

Linfield

4

6

--

10

Willamette

2

3

--

5

Pacific Lutheran

3

0

--

3

Whitman

0

2

--

2

Lewis & Clark

0

0

--

0

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