Levy Shoots a Hole-in-One for WU at NWC Fall Classic

Bearcats Finish in Fourth Place after Moving up one Spot in Second Round

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

RIDGEFIELD, WASH. -- Willamette University freshman golfer Elise Levy (Reno, NV/Bishop Monague HS) shot a hole-in-one on the par-3 17th hole during the second round of the Northwest Conference Fall Classic at the Tri-Mountain Golf Course in Ridgefield, Wash., on Sunday, Oct. 28.

Levy recorded the hole-in-one from about 130 yards. It was her second hole-in-one overall, but her first at the college level.

"That's the first hole-in-one I've been involved with at Willamette," Head Coach Noah Horstman said. "I was one hole away when she hit it. Her parents were there and got to see her make the shot."

George Fox won the team title with a score of 629 (314-315) as the Bruins attained a 52-stroke margin of victory. Whitman College was second at 681 (350-331) and Whitworth University took third at 692 (357-335).

Willamette finished in fourth place, after moving up one spot during the second round. The Bearcats shot 704 (365-339) to edge past Linfield College, which fell into fifth place at 705 (357-348). Pacific Lutheran University earned sixth place at 742 (393-349), Pacific University was seventh at 793 (401-392) and the University of Puget Sound was eighth at 855 (440-415).

Kelsey Morrison from George Fox won medalist honors with a score of 148 (75-73). Emily Guthrie of Whitworth was five strokes off the pace at 153 (80-73). Morrison and Guthrie shared the low round of the tournament, as each carded a 73 over the final 18 holes.

Kiana Lumanlan and Abby Main of GFU tied for third place at 161, with Lumanlan shooting 80-81 and Mann recording 79-82. Kelly Sweeney of Whitman earned fifth place with a score of 163 (86-77).

Willamette's top finishers were Taneesh Kaur Sra (Fr., Fremont, CA/Mission San Jose HS) and Mckenzie Weinhold (So., Placerville, CA/El Dorado HS/U. of Nevada-Reno), who tied each other for 12th place at 172. Kaur Sra shot 87-85, while Weinhold shot 90-82.

Also competing for the Bearcats were Levy, LettaJoe Gallup (So., Alameda, CA/Holy Names HS) and Nicole Smith (So., Portland, OR/Westview HS). Levy shot 178 after improving by 14 strokes in the second round from 96 to 82. Gallup achieved a score of 182 (92-90) and Smith concluded the tournament at 191 (96-95).

The NWC Fall Classic counts for one-fourth of the overall NWC team championship. The NWC Spring Classic counts for another quarter of the title, while the NWC Championship tournament provides the final one-half of the overall standings. Willamette has now completed its fall schedule and will return to action in the spring.


NWC Fall Classic
October 27-28, 2012
Tri-Mountain Golf Course
Ridgefield, Wash.

Elise Levy was pretty happy after shooting her first collegiate hole-in-one for Willamette.

Elise Levy was pretty happy after shooting her first collegiate hole-in-one for Willamette.