BOXER-BRUIN INVITATIONAL: Linfield Extends Lead to Win Easily in Gearhart
GEARHART, Ore. – Entering the second day of play with only an eight-stroke lead, the Linfield College Wildcats extended that advantage to 27 with a second-day score of 288 for a final 36-hole score of 573 to win the Boxer-Bruin Invitational men’s golf tournament, co-hosted by Pacific University and George Fox University, Sunday afternoon here at the Gearhart Golf Course.
After Linfield’s 285-288=573, the Pacific Boxers came in second with a two-day total of 293-307=600, while the George Fox Bruins took third with a score of 341-325=666. George Fox was the only team to improve its team score on the second day.
Tyler Nelson of Linfield, who held a one-stroke lead in individual scores after the first day, hung on to win medalist honors with a 69-73=142, edging teammate Andrew Fitch, who carded a 72-71=143. There was a tie for third between Yutaro Sakamoto of Linfield (74-71=145) and J.T. Compher of Pacific (70-75=145), while Tony Kordosky of Linfield was fifth (73-73=146).
Mike Ulstad led George Fox with a 79-75=154, finishing 11th and setting a new Bruin record for best 36-hole score in the two-year-old program’s history. David Burkhart set the previous record of 158 in the Linfield Invitational back on Sept. 27-28 this year at the Michelbook Country Club.
Burkhart shot an 86-79=165 (tie for 14th), his brother Aaron Burkhart was third with an 86-87=173 (16th), and Kelton Johnson was fourth with a 90-84=174 (17th). Other Bruin scores included Matt Fanning with a 91-87=178 (18th), Dustin Churchill with a 94-96=190 (20th), and Ryan Stokke with a 97-98=195 (21st).
The next event for all three teams is the Northwest Conference Fall Classic on Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 18-19, at the Canyon Lakes Golf Course in Kennewick, Wash., which George Fox will host. Tee times are set for 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and 8:00 a.m. on Sunday.