NWC CHAMPIONSHIP: Bruins Tied for 6th in Tightly-Packed NWC Tournament Field
KENNEWICK, Wash. – In a tightly-packed field that finds seven teams still with a reasonable chance of winning, the George Fox University Bruins are tied for sixth with Pacific University after each shot a team score of 320 on the first day of the Northwest Conference Men’s Championship Tournament Friday here at the Canyon Lakes Golf Course.
Linfield College holds the early lead with a 305, followed by Whitworth University at 307, the University of Puget Sound at 311, host Whitman College at 316, Pacific Lutheran University at 319, then George Fox and Pacific. Willamette University is all but out of contention after shooting a 355, and Lewis & Clark College had two players entered individually but no team score.
Leading the Bruins and part of a four-player logjam in seventh place was Kyle Wilson, who shot a 77 on the par-72, 6,939-yard course. One stroke back and tied for 11th was Mike Ulstad at 78. Aleks Gabrio carded an 80 to tie for 20th, and Trevor Pielstick had the Bruins’ fourth score with an 85, tied for 36th. Rounding out the George Fox contingent were Chris Lumsden with an 88 (40th) and Joel Stude with a 101 (49th).
Alex Fitch of Linfield topped the leader board with a two-under-par 70, two strokes ahead of Pacific’s Max Bonk and Puget Sound’s Greg Kirkpatrick at 72. Teammates Jesse Salzwedel and Cameron Whittle of Whitworth were fourth and fifth with a 73 and a 75 respectively.
The NWC Championship Tournament counts double in points and one-half of the total score toward the overall conference championship, which determines an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III National Tournament in Greensboro, N.C., May 10-13. After results of the NWC Fall and Spring Classics, Puget Sound entered the weekend with 15 points, followed by Linfield with 14, Pacific 13, Whitworth 10, Whitman eight, Pacific Lutheran six, George Fox four, and Willamette two.
The final round of the NWC Championship Tournament will begin Saturday at 9:30 a.m.