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Bruins’ Morrison Named Top Golfer, McCloskey Top Coach in NWC
Written by Blair Cash    Tuesday, 23 April 2013 10:38   

ALL-CONFERENCE:

NEWBERG, Ore.– Leading a group of six from the George Fox University women’s golf team with All-Northwest Conference honors for 2012-13, the Bruins’ Kelsey Morrison has been named the NWC Golfer of the Year for the second time while head coach MaryJo McCloskey received her second NWC Coach of the Year award.

 

Joining Morrison and McCloskey with All-Conference honors are Abby Mann and Kiana Lumanlan, who were named to the All-NWC First Team, and Loreece Magsanide and Whitney Jammerman, who made the All-NWC Second Team.

 

McCloskey, the only coach the George Fox program has ever known, has led the 2012-13 Bruins to a 58-17 record vs. other teams, eight wins in 11 tournaments, and a No. 5 ranking in the Golf World / National Golf Coaches Association NCAA Division III national poll.  Included in their wins was a 22-stroke victory over No. 2-ranked Washington University-St. Louis in the Phoenix Invitational.  This past weekend, the Bruins won the NWC Championship Tournament which, coupled with their NWC Fall and Spring Classic titles, clinched the overall conference crown and an automatic berth in the NCAA Division III National Tournament coming up May 14-17 at the Sandestin Beach and Golf Resort in Miramar Beach, Fla.

 

In her seventh year at George Fox, McCloskey has compiled an overall record of 350-128, Northwest Conference championships each of the last four years (shared in 2010 and 2012), and previous NCAA post-season appearances in 2010 (finishing eighth), 2011 (12th), and 2012 (seventh).  She was the 2011 NWC Coach of the Year, and was named the NGCA West Region Coach of the Year in 2012.

 

Morrison, a senior from Yucca Valley, Calif., has a 407-33 record vs. individual opponents this season and has medaled in eight of her 11 tournaments, including the prestigious O’Brien Invitational against D-III nationally-ranked opponents, the Tim Tierney Pioneer Shootout in California against all scholarship competition, the NWC Fall Classic, and the NWC Championship Tournament.  She also won the Boxer Classic, the Culturame Classic, the Pacific Spring Invitational, and the Phoenix Invitational, and was second by a stroke in the NWC Spring Classic.  Her season stroke average of 75.1 and her score against par (+2.89) both lead the nation. 

 

Named First Team All-NWC and All-West Region each of her first three seasons, including NWC Player of the Year last year, she was a Second Team All-American in 2011and a First Team All-American in 2012.  She was the runner-up to Olivia Lugar of Washington-St. Louis for the 2011-12 National Player of the Year, and is a legitimate candidate for that honor again this year.  In their two head-to-head meetings this season, Morrison out-shot Lugar in the both the O’Brien Invitational and the Phoenix Invitational and won both events.

 

Mann, a senior from Medford, Ore., is 376-64 vs. her opponents this season, with a second-place finish in the Phoenix Invitational, and thirds in the Sonoma State Invitational, NWC Fall Classic, Pacific Spring Invitational, George Fox Spring Preview, and NWC Championship Tournament.  Her scoring average of 80.1 ranks 36th nationally and eighth in the West Region, while her score vs. par of +7.94 is 31st nationally and seventh in the region. 

 

Mann is tied for second in the nation for the lowest round of the season, shooting a 69 in the second round of the Sonoma State Invitational which established a women’s record for the Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club course.  She was a Second Team All-Conference selection last year.

 

Lumanlan, a freshman from Hilo, Hawai’i, is 284-156 against all opponents, with second-place finishes in the Culturame Classic and the Pacific Spring Invitational, and third-place finishes in the NWC Fall Classic and the NWC Championship Tournament.  She has a stroke average of 82.3, which ranks 24th in the West Region, and a score vs. par of +10.39, 22nd in the region.

 

Magsanide, a sophomore from Ewa Beach, Hawai’i, has a scoring average of 81.0, which is  47th in the nation and 11th the West, and a score vs. par of +8.50, which is 43rd in the nation and ninth in the West.  She had second-place finishes in the Phoenix Invitational and the George Fox Spring Preview, was third in the Pacific Spring Invitational, and has a record vs. all opponents of 215-41 in eight matches. 

 

Jammerman, a sophomore from Snohomish, Wash., owns a scoring average of 84.7 and averages +13 over par, with a 223-217 record vs. her opponents.  Her top finish was a second in the Boxer Classic, while in the NWC events, she came in sixth in the Fall Classic, seventh in the Spring Classic, and eighth in the Championship Tournament.

 

The complete list of 2012-13 All-Northwest Conference First and Second Teams are available on the NWC website at http://www.nwcsports.com/sports/golf/2012-13/releases/Golf-Championships-12-13.

 

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