NWC CHAMPIONSHIP: Bruins in 8th Place after Day One of NWC Tournament
BLUE RIVER, Ore. - With the first day of the Northwest Conference Men’s Golf Championship Tournament in the books after Saturday’s round here at the Tokatee Golf Course, the George Fox University Bruins stand eighth out of the nine schools in the conference with a four-player score of 343.
With four players carding sub-80 rounds, Linfield College fired a total of 15-over-par 303 to hold a three-stroke lead over Pacific University's 306. The University of Puget Sound stayed in contention with a 311, followed by Pacific Lutheran University at 314, Whitman College at 315, Willamette University at 327, Whitworth University at 331, and George Fox at 348. Lewis & Clark College did not send anyone to the NWC event.
The best score for the Bruins was turned in by Mike Ulstad, who carded a six-over-par 42-36=78, tied for 10th individually. Other counting scores for the Bruins included a 45-42=87 by David Burkhart, a 45-43=88 by Aaron Burkhart, and a 40-50=90 by Kelton Johnson.
Pacific's Max Bonk, who has earned six individual tournament titles so far this season, is leading in the medalist chase after carding a two-under-par 70. Bonk is the defending tournament medalist. He leads Whitman's Brian Barton by two strokes, with PLU's Jason Casey three strokes off the pace.
The complete standings entering the 36-hole NWC Championship have Pacific with 15 points, followed by Linfield with 14, Puget Sound 13, Whitworth and Willamette 9, Pacific Lutheran and Whitman 5, and George Fox 2. Lewis & Clark has no points. Final results of the NWC Championship will be doubled, depending upon the final finish.
The Northwest Conference Championship concludes here Sunday, with the first tee times set for 8:00 a.m.
Complete results of the first day of the NWC Championship, courtesy of the Pacific Lutheran sports information office, are available on line on the official NWC Golf Championship web site at http://www.plu.edu/athletics/golf/200809results/09nwcmen1stday.pdf.