April 3, 2011

NWC SPRING CLASSIC: Bruins Improve by 17 Strokes but Still Place 7th in Spring Classic

LACEY, Wash. – Although they made a 17-stroke improvement from their score on Saturday, the George Fox University Bruins were unable to gain enough ground on anyone else to advance and wound up with a seventh-place finish as the Northwest Conference Men’s Golf Spring Classic came to a conclusion Sunday here at The Links at Hawks Prairie.

The Bruins shot a four-player, 18-hole score of 340 on Sunday to finish with a total of 357-340=697 on the par-72, 6,732-yard course.  Linfield rallied from a two-stroke first-day deficit to win the title with a 322-303=625, eclipsing Saturday’s leader, the University of Puget Sound, which finished second with a 320-314=634.  Pacific University was third at 328-308=636, followed by Whitworth University at 329-308=637, Whitman College at 344-318=662, Pacific Lutheran University at 349-322=671, George Fox, and Willamette University at 386-367=753. Lewis & Clark College had an incomplete team score.

Aleks Gabrio had the best score for the Bruins with a 20-over-par 84-80=164, tied for 18th in the individual standings.  Trevor Pielstick was next with an 87-84=171 to finish 31st, Kyle Wilson tied for 34th with an 87-88=175, and Mike Ulstad shot a 99-88=187 to tie for 42nd.

Pacific's Max Bonk held onto his first-day lead, shooting a 75 to end up with a three-over-par 72-75=147 for medalist honors.  Linfield's Yutaro Sakamoto had the best second-day score, shooting a 73, and finished second with a seven-over 78-73=151.  Rounding out the top five were Puget Sound's Matt Kitto (76-77=153), Linfield's Alex Fitch (82-74=156), and Whitworth's Cameron Whittle (81-75=156).

Results 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/0403.htm.

NEXT: The next event for the Bruins was to have been their own George Fox Invitational on April 9-10 at the Chehalem Glenn Golf Course in Newberg, but that has been cancelled. The Bruins will therefore move on to the Pacific University Invitational at the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Course in North Plains, Ore., on April 16-17.

9:00 am April 27
Men's Golf
9th of 9 NWC Championship
@ Oregon Golf Association Course, Woodburn, Ore.
11:00 am April 26
Men's Golf
9th of 9 NWC Championship
@ Oregon Golf Association Course, Woodburn, Ore.
April 13
Men's Golf
7th of 7 Willamette Invitational
@ Broken Top Golf Course in Bend, Ore.
April 12
Men's Golf
7th of 7 Willamette Invitational
@ Broken Top Golf Course in Bend, Ore.
April 06
Men's Golf
9th of 9 NWC Spring Classic
@ Canyon Lakes Golf Course, Kennewick, Wash.
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