PACIFIC SPRING INVITATIONAL: Bruins Make Biggest Improvement but Still Finish 5th
NORTH PLAINS, Ore. – Chopping a whopping 28 strokes off their first day’s score, the George Fox University Bruins made the biggest improvement of any team in the Pacific University Spring Invitational men’s golf tournament from the first day but still finished fifth as the tournament concluded Sunday here at the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Course.
After shooting a 341 on the par-71, 6,451-yard Ghost Creek course to stand fifth on Saturday, the Bruins dropped to a 313 on the second day and finished with an overall score of 654. The University of Puget Sound shot the best score on Sunday and won the tournament with a 301-293=594, 26-over-par. Whitworth University came in second at 295-306=601, followed by Linfield College at 309-298=6-7, host Pacific at 303-306=609, George Fox, and Willamette University at 348-345=693. Lewis & Clark College had two players entered but no team score.
Mike Ulstad had the best Bruin score on Sunday and tied for 11th in the individual standings with a two-day score of 78-75=153. Kyle Wilson, who had the Bruins’ best round on Saturday, was tied for seventh after shooting a 74-77=151. Trevor Pielstick carded an 86-81=167 to finish 28th. Aleks Gabrio had the other George Fox score on Sunday with an 80 after not competing on Saturday. Joel Stude played for the Bruins Saturday and had a 103, but did not compete Sunday.
All-American Max Bonk of Pacific shot a sizzling nine-under-par 66-67=133 to take medalist honors. Matt Kitto of Puget Sound was second with a 69-72=141, and Jesse Salzwedel of Whitworth took third with a 72-74=146.
NEXT: The Bruins will participate in the Northwest Conference Championship Tournament Friday-Saturday, April 22-23, at the Canyon Lakes Golf Course in Kennewick, Wash.