LINFIELD INVITATIONAL: Bruins Finish Fourth in Linfield Tournament
McMINNVILLE, Ore. – Although they improved by seven strokes from the first day to the second, it was not enough to lift the George Fox University Bruins beyond a fourth-place finish in the Linfield College Invitational men’s golf tournament held Saturday and Sunday here at the Michelbook Country Club.
The Bruins carded a two-day score of 335-328=663 in their second multi-team event of the fall. Host Linfield took top honors with a 291-286=577, 13 strokes ahead of runner-up Pacific University with a 294-296=590. Southwestern Oregon Community College took third place with a 307-300=607.
Leading the Bruins was David Burkhart, whose two-day score of 80-78=158 was good for 16th individually. He was followed by Brett Tharp with an 82-82=164 (20th, tie), Mike Ulstad with an 85-80=165 (22nd), Aaron Burkhart with an 88-88=176 (26th), and Dustin Churchill with a 101-90=191 (27th). Kelton Johnson competed on Saturday and shot a 91, while Ryan Stokke played only on Sunday and carded a 104.
Medalist honors went to Andrew Fitch of Linfield, who shot a 67-73=140. Runner-up was Max Bonk of Pacific with a 72-71=143, while Linfield teammates Yutaro Sakamoto (73-17=144) and Tyler Nelson (74-70=144) along with Pacific’s Ben Wright (71-73=144) tied for third.
The Bruins will be back at Michelbook Friday, Oct. 3, for their next competition, a dual match with Linfield. No tee time has been announced yet for the match.