MGF: NWC CHAMPIONSHIP - Bruins 7th after Day One but Looking to Climb Up in NWC
PORTLAND, Ore. – With a first-day score of 327, the George Fox University Bruins are in seventh place in the Northwest Conference Men’s Golf Championship after Saturday’s round here at the Heron Lakes Great Blue Golf Course, but with four other teams within nine points of them, the Bruins are hoping to move up on Sunday.
Whitworth University leads after day one, posting a team score of 309. Linfield College is one stroke out with a 310, while the University Puget Sound sits in third place with a team score of 318. Whitman College sits in fourth at 321, while Pacific University and Pacific Lutheran University are tied for fifth at 323. George Fox is four strokes out of joining the fifth-place tie, Willamette University is in eighth place with a 358, and host Lewis & Clark College has a 369.
Aleks Gabrio carded the Bruins’ top score, a 7-over-par 79 which ties him for seventh in the individual standings on the par 72, 6,902-yard course. Matthew Fanning and Mike Ulstad each shot an 82, tying them for 26th, while Kelton Johnson’s 84, tied for 35th, was the Bruins’ other counting score. Kyle Wilson stood 44th with a 95 and Joel Stube was 50th with a 114.
A 74 by Ryan Young of Whitworth is the top individual score after the first day, with teammate Cameron Whittle and Linfield’s Tony Kordosky, Tyler Nelson and Yutaro Sakamoto all tied for second place with 77’s.
Tee times for Sunday’s final 18 begin at 9:06 a.m. The NWC Championship counts as half the points total toward the overall conference title and the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III National Championship, which is set for May 11-14 at the Hershey Links and Country Club in Hershey, Pa.