MGF: PLU INVITATIONAL - Bruins Slip Back of Pack to Finish a Distant 4th at Tumwater
TUMWATER, Wash. - Struggling to find their game on a wet, windy, and rain-soaked course, the George Fox University Bruins faded from contention on the second day of the Pacific Lutheran University Invitational men’s golf tournament Sunday here at the Tumwater Valley Golf Course and finished a distant fourth in the four-team event.
Pacific University, four strokes off the lead in third after Saturday’s round, was the only team to improve on Sunday and pulled out the victory with a two-day score of 304-300=604 on the par 72, 6,566-yard course. The University of Puget Sound, leading after the first day, slipped to second with a 300-307=607, with host Pacific Lutheran a close third at 302-309=611. George Fox finished at 316-339=655.
The Bruins’ Mike Ulstad held a one-stroke lead heading into Sunday’s play after shooting an even-par 72, but was passed by several sub-80 rounds and wound up 10th in the individual standings with a 72-83=155, still the best showing by a George Fox player. Other Bruin scores included an 80-87=167 (22nd) by Aleks Gabrio, an 81-88=169 (24th) by Kyle Wilson, an 83-87=170 (25th) by Kelton Johnson, a 94-82=176 (26th) by Matthew Fanning, who had the Bruins’ best score on the second day, and a 103-105=208 (27th) by Joel Stude.
Medalist honors went to Jordan Hodge of Puget Sound, the only other player to have an even-par round, with a 73-72=145. Three strokes back were Max Bonk of Pacific (74-74=148) and Scott Zhang of Pacific Lutheran (74-74=148).
The next event for the Bruins will be the Northwest Conference Spring Classic on Saturday-Sunday, Apr. 10-11, at The Links at Moses Pointe in Moses Lake, Wash. The NWC Spring Classic counts as one quarter of the score toward the conference championship, with the Fall Classic as one quarter and the NWC Championship later in April as one half.