PACIFIC 3-WAY: Bruins Stay in 3rd Place as Pacific Play Concludes
BANKS, Ore. – Only five strokes out of second place heading into the final round of the Pacific University 3-Way Invitational Sunday here at the Quail Valley Golf Course, the George Fox University Bruins were unable to close the gap and finished in third place as their first event of the spring concluded.
Host Pacific extended its 28-stroke lead after the first day to 42 strokes as the Boxers carded a Sunday score of 296 to end the tournament with a 587. The Corban College Warriors shot a 310 on Sunday, nine strokes better than Saturday, and finished second with a 629. The Bruins shot a 332 after a 324 the day before and finished with a score of 656.
Kelton Johnson had the Bruins’ best score on Sunday with a 40-39=79 and completed the tournament with a 158, tying for 8th in the individual standings. Mike Ulstad had the second-best Sunday score of 41-39=80 and finished with the Bruins’ third-best overall score of 161, in 12th place. David Burkhart carded a 40-42=82 to post the Bruins’ second-best score of 160, finishing 11th, while his brother Aaron had the fourth counting score of 177, placing 18th, after shooting a 45-46=91 on the second day.
Other scores for the Bruins included a 180 for Dustin Churchill (44-47=91 on Sunday) and a 194 (47-51=98 on Sunday) for Ryan Stokke. Matt Fanning played as an individual and shot a 187 (46-47=93 on Sunday).
Pacific’s Max Bonk ran away with medalist honors, carding a second-day best of 33-35=68 and finishing with a seven-under-par 137. Teammate Brian Pan was 10 strokes back at 147.
Next up for the Bruins is their own George Fox Tournament this Saturday, March 7, at the Trysting Tree Golf Course in Corvallis, Ore. The first tee time is scheduled for 11:00 a.m.