March 30, 2009

NWC SPRING CLASSIC: Bruins in 8th Place after Day One of Spring Classic

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – With the first day of play in the Northwest Conference Men’s Golf Spring Classic in the books after Monday’s round here at the Chambers Bay Golf Course, the George Fox University Bruins stand in 8th place after shooting a four-player score of 333.


Leading the tournament is Pacific University with a score of 294, six strokes ahead of Linfield College’s 300.  Pacific Lutheran University stands third with a 305, followed by the University of Puget Sound at 308, Willamette University at 317, Whitworth University at 318, Whitman College at 320, and then George Fox.  Lewis & Clark College had no entries and thus no team score.


The top score for the Bruins was turned in by David Burkhart, who carded a 40-40=80 to tie for 23rd in the individual standings.  Also counting for the Bruins were Mike Ulstad with a 43-40=83, Kelton Johnson with a 39-46=85, and Brett Tharp with a 42-43=85.  Ulstad is tied for 33rd, while Johnson and Tharp are tied for 39th. 


Max Bonk of Pacific shot a six-under par 32-33=65 to take the individual lead, six strokes ahead of the 35-36=71 posted by teammate Tim Andrew.  Alex Fitch of Linfield stands third with a 38-34=72.


The Spring Classic, which counts as one-quarter of the score toward the final NWC standings, concludes Tuesday, with the first men’s tee times scheduled for 11:20 a.m.


Complete results of day one of the NWC Spring Classic are available on line, courtesy of host Puget Sound’s sports information office, at http://www2.ups.edu/athletics/golf/0809/nwcmenscoresheet.htm.

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