WHAT’S BRUIN: Weekly News & Notes Overall Record: 0-4
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Sat.-Sun., Sept. 27-28, 1:00 pm - at Linfield Invitational, Michelbook Country Club, McMinnville, Ore.
The Bruins will compete in their second multi-team tournament of the fall this weekend in the Linfield College Invitational at the Michelbook Country Club in McMinnville, Ore., only 15 miles from George Fox. Tee times on both Saturday and Sunday are tentatively set for 1:00 p.m.; there is also a women’s college tournament going on at the same time, teeing off at 12;00 noon, so the men’s schedule will be contingent upon working around that … Last year, the Bruins finished 3rd in the Linfield 5-Way with a score of 353, which was their lowest score to that point in team history (it was the first year of intercollegiate competition for the men’s golf program at George Fox ) … So far this year, the Bruins have finished 4th in the Willamette 5-Way on Sept. 15 and dropped a 10-2 dual match decision at Pacific on Sept. 21 …
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Bruins Drop 10-2 Decision in Dual Match with Pacific:
In honor of the Ryder Cup series, which saw the United States take back the Cup for the first time since the early 1990’s, the Bruins and Pacific Boxers played a Ryder Cup-styled dual match on Sept. 21, with Pacific winning the match 10-2 at the Quail Valley Golf Course in banks, Oer.
The Boxers earned 7 1/2 points out of eight pairings on the first nine holes, which was contested in a match play format. The Boxers also picked up 2 1/2 points to 1 1/2 for the Bruins the team best ball competition, which was contested on the final nine holes.
In match play, Max Bonk of Pacific beat the Bruins’ David Burkhart 3 and 2, Michael Stanfield beat GFU’s Dustin Churchill 3 and 1, Ben Wright beat Mike Ulstad of George Fox 1 up, J.T. Compher downed Matthew Fanning of GFU 8 up, Sean Hamer bested the Bruins’ Kelton Johnson 1 up, Brian Pan of Pacific topped GFU’s Brett Tharp 3 and 2, and Tim Andrew beat the Bruins’ Aaron Burkhart 4 and 3. Parrish Evans and Jordan Fisher of Pacific played with Fisher as part of the George Fox team in order to ven out the teams, and they split thieir competition.
In the team best ball competition, the Pacific team of Bonk and Stanfield beat David Burkhart and Churchill 34 to 37, Wright and Compher beat Ulstad and Fanning 37 to 39, and Hamer and Pan tied Tharp and Johnson at 34. Fisher and Aaron Burkhart earned the Bruins¹ only full point of the day, beating Andrew and Evans 36 to 37.
“This was a way for us to have some fun and play along with the Ryder Cup,” said Matt Beck, the head coach of George Fox’s newest sports program which is now in its second season. “There are, of course, no individual stroke averages to report, but this is an alternate form of scoring that is permitted by the NCAA, and we will probably use it again some time in another dual match on down the road.”
Coach Matt Beck:
Matt Beck is in his second season as the head coach for the newest intercollegiate athletic program at George Fox - men’s golf - which took to the links for the first time in the fall of 2007. He came to the Bruins after four years as an assistant coach with the men’s and women’s golf teams at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore. With Beck as an assistant, the Boxers developed into a strong program that has been very competitive in the Northwest Conference, including three NWC women’s championships from 2004-06. Click here for the complete bio on Coach Beck.