NWC SPRING CLASSIC: Bruins Residing in 7th Place after 1st Day of NWC Spring Classic
LACEY, Wash. – With the opening round of the Northwest Conference Men’s Golf Spring Classic in the books, the George Fox University Bruins find themselves in seventh place out of nine teams after shooting a four-player, 18-hole score of 357 on Saturday here at The Links at Hawks Prairie.
The University of Puget Sound shot a 320 on the par-72, 6,732-yard course to take a two-stroke lead over Linfield College’s 322. Pacific University stands third at 328, followed by Whitworth University at 329, Whitman College at 344, host Pacific Lutheran University at 349, George Fox, and Willamette University at 386. Lewis & Clark College had only two entrants and thus no team score.
Aleks Gabrio had the best opening-day round for the Bruins with a 12-over-par 84, tied for 12th in the individual standings. Trevor Pielstick and Kyle Wilson each carded an 87 to tie for 15th, while Mike Ulstad shot a 99 and is 27th.
Max Bonk of Pacific is the leader after the first day with an even-par 72, four strokes ahead of Matt Kitto of Puget Sound with a 76. Riley Conlin of Puget Sound and Yutaro Sakamoto of Linfield are tied for fourth at 78, with five players knotted at 81.
High winds and chilly weather on the course, which is located not far from the Puget Sound, made for a difficult course on which to play.
The final round will take place Sunday, with initial tee times around 8:00 a.m. The men will start on the back nine on Sunday, while the NWC women, who are also playing here, will go off on the front nine.
Results of the first day of the NWC Spring Classic, courtesy of the PLU sports information office, are available on line at http://athletics.georgefox.edu/sports/mgolf/2010-11/files/0402.htm.