Abbi Rautenberg ‘16 looks on with confidence at her last shot. The women’s team finished their fall season this past weekend. (Photo Courtesy of LC Pioneers)

Golf team takes on their fall season

Lewis & Clark dominate PLU Invitational, finish strong at NWC Fall Classic  

By CARLY CHELOVITZ

This season, Lewis & Clark’s  men’s and women’s golf teams  are proving that success is nothing less than a tradition.

The women’s team recently played  in the Culturame Classic in Aloha, Oregon, placing fourth overall and showing  improvements across the board. Madi Rhodenbaugh ’19 shot an impressive 75 coming out of day two, adding to LC’s  overall team success.

With the women’s team boasting  seven first-year golfers, it’s no doubt  that the growth and success the team is  seeing this year will become a constant. Rhodenbaugh has been shooting consistently in the 70’s, leading the Lady  Pios to finish second overall at the Pacific Invite and third overall at the Pacific Lutheran Invitational.

The PLU Invitational in Spanaway,  WA showcased the strength of both the  women and men. The LC women set a  new team record for themselves at the  invitational with a total score of 643 for the 36 hole tournament.

Rhodenbaugh, Abbi Rautenberg ’17,  and Jane Almeida ’19 finished in the top ten, all finishing no more than 18 over par. “For the history of our program,  it’s a tremendous score and a great first step for future successes of our team,” says Coach Andrews.

On the men’s side, Drew Groshong  ‘17 led the the Pioneers to a fifth place  finish at PLU with a three round score  of 142. He finished second overall, only one stroke behind the first place winner  from Pacific Lutheran. Andrews was equally impressed with Groshong’s finish,

“He was terrific on Saturday and hit every fairway and green,” he said.

First-year men are also showing improvement; Bill Nondorf ‘19 finished  right behind Groshong with a total score of 155.

Both teams finished out their fall seasons at the NWC Fall Classic on October  11 at Woodlands at Sunriver.

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