October 17, 2010

WHITMAN INVITATIONAL: Bruins Slide One Spot to Finish 7th at Wine Valley Course

WALLA WALLA, Wash. – Hoping to improve upon their sixth-place standing after the first day, the George Fox University Bruins instead lost 10 strokes and dropped one spot to finish seventh out of eight teams as the Whitman College Invitational men’s golf tournament concluded Sunday here at the Wine Valley Country Club.

After carding a four-player score of 318 on the par-72, 6,955-yard course on Saturday, the Bruins shot a 328 on Sunday for a final team score of 646.  Whitworth University (292-299=591) lost four strokes off its five-shot first-day lead but had just enough to edge Linfield College (297-295=592).  In third was Pacific Lutheran University (305-296=601), followed by Pacific University (313-295=608), host Whitman (305-313=618), the University of Puget Sound (322-308=630), George Fox, and Willamette University (334-338=672).

Kyle Wilson posted the top score for the Bruins with a 74-83=157, finishing 20th in the individual standings.  Aleks Gabrio had the best Sunday round for the Bruins and shot a two-day score of 81-78=159, finishing 27th.  Mike Ulstad carded a 78-86=164 to place 35th, Austin Rowland was 38th with an 85-81=166, and Trevor Pielstick was 45th with an 89-89=178.

Linfield’s Yutaro Sakamoto maintained his first-day individual lead and wound up with a four-stroke victory (67-72=139) over teammate Alex Fitch (72-71=143).  Christian Boudreau (69-76=145) and Corey Meyers of Whitworth (71-74=145) tied for third, while Max Bonk of Pacific (74-72=146) finished fifth.

Complete results of the Whitman Invitational, courtesy of the Whitman sports information office, are available on line on the Bruins’ web site at http://athletics.georgefox.edu/sports/mgolf/2010-11/files/1017.htm.

NEXT: The Bruins will close out the fall portion of their 2010-11 season in the Northwest Conference Fall Classic Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 23-24, at the Juniper Country Club in Redmond, Ore.  First tee times are set for 9:00 a.m. each day ... The NWC Fall Classic counts as one quarter of the composite score which determines the overall conference champion.  The NWC Spring Classic counts as another quarter, with the NWC Championship Tournament counting as one half. 

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