MGF: NWC FALL CLASSIC - Bruins Set Records While Finishing 5th in NWC Fall Event
PORTLAND, Ore. - With all six players posting sub-80 rounds on the second day, the George Fox University Bruins finished fifth in the Northwest Conference Men's Golf Fall Classic played Saturday-Sunday here at the Heron Lakes Golf Course, setting several new team records in the process.
After scoring a four-player total of 323 on the par-72, 6,491-yard Great Blue course on a cold and rainy Saturday, the Bruins fared much better on a cool but pleasant Sunday. Their second-day score of 300 was a new Bruin record low 18-hole round, topping the previous best of 305, as was their 36-hole final score of 623, which bettered the previous mark of 626. Both records had been set earlier this season. Their fifth-place finish was the highest for a George Fox men's golf team in a conference event in the three years of the program.
The top three teams in the Fall Classic came within five strokes of each other. Linfield College took the title with a 299-292=591, followed closely by Whitworth University at 306-288=594 and Pacific University at 301-295=596. The University of Puget Sound was fourth at 309-298=607, then came George Fox at 323-300=623, Pacific Lutheran University at 311-313=624, Whitman College at 324-305=629, Willamette University at 331-311=642, and host Lewis & Clark College at 332-326=658.
Mike Ulstad paced the Bruins with a 79-72=151, tying for 10th in the individual standings. His Sunday score was the second 18-hole round in Bruin history to be par or better, and was one stroke off the record of 71 set earlier this season by Kyle Wilson. Kelton Johnson followed with an 80-75=155 (19th, T), then came Austin Rowland with an 82-74=156 (24th, T), Aleks Gabrio with an 82-79=161 (32nd, T), Chris Lumsden with an 82-79=161 (17th, T), and Wilson with a 90-79=169 (46th, T).
"I could not be prouder of these guys or have asked for more," said George Fox coach Matt Beck in the Heron Lakes clubhouse following the tournament. "To come back today after playing in such tough conditions yesterday with a record round just shows their determination to improve, and they keep getting better each time out. We have asked a young team to shoulder the load and play like veterans, and they are responding to that challenge."
Linfield's Tyler Nelson took medalist honors with a 3-under-par 72-69=141, with Max Bonk of Pacific second at 71-71=142 and Christian Boudreau of Whitworth third at 72-72-144.
The NWC Fall Classic counts as one quarter of the total score in determining the conference champion, with the NWC Spring Classic also counting as a quarter and the NWC Championship in the spring as one half. The Bruins' fall portion of the 2009-10 season is now complete.