GFU INVITATIONAL: Wildcats Lead by 20 Strokes Midway thru GFU Tournament
NEWBERG, Ore. – Led by Yutaro Sakamoto’s even-par 72, the Linfield College Wildcats took a 20-stroke lead over the second-place Pacific University Boxers after the first day of play in the George Fox University Invitational men’s golf tournament Saturday afternoon here at the rain-soaked Chehalem Glenn Golf Course.
The Wildcats earned a four-player score of 302 on the 6,572-yard course, well ahead of Pacific’s 322. The Pacific Lutheran University Lutes stood third with a 324, followed by the Lewis & Clark College Pioneers at 337 and the host George Fox Bruins at 342.
Sakamoto carded a 37-35=72 to take a two-stroke lead over teammate Alex Fitch (37-37=74) and Max Bonk of Pacific (35-39=74) in the race for medalist honors. Evan Wallace of Linfield was fourth (40-35=75) and Dustin Hegge of Pacific Lutheran was fifth (38-40=78).
For the Bruins, Mike Ulstad had the best round with a 39-41=80, good for seventh on the leaderboard. Austin Rowland was tied for eighth with a 37-44=81, Kyle Wilson was tied for 15th with a 43-41=84, and Trevor Pielstick was 28th with a 43-54=97.
The George Fox Invitational concludes Sunday morning with a shotgun start at 8:00 a.m., with each threesome teeing off on a different hole.
Results of the first day of play in the George Fox Invitational are available on line on the Bruins’ web site at http://athletics.georgefox.edu/sports/mgolf/2010-11/files/1009.htm.