NWC FALL CLASSIC: Bruins to Close Out Fall Schedule at NWC Event in Redmond
NEWBERG, Ore. – Hoping to improve upon last year’s fifth-place finish, the George Fox University Bruins will close out the fall portion of their 2010-11 men’s golf season in the Northwest Conference Fall Classic at the Juniper Golf Course in Redmond, Ore., this Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 23-24.
Linfield College is the host for this year’s Classic, which will include all nine conference teams. Tee times are set for 10:00 a.m. on both days. Points are awarded for the order of finish, starting with eight points for the first-place team down to no points for ninth. The points count as one quarter of the total toward determining the overall conference champion (the NWC Spring Classic counts another quarter, while the NWC Championship Tournament in late spring counts double, or one-half of the total).
In last year’s NWC Fall Classic at the Heron Lakes Golf Course in Portland, Ore., the Bruins shot a 323-300=623 on the par-72, 6,491-yard Great Blue course, setting new Bruin records for best 18-hole score on the second day and best 36-hole score. Their fifth-place finish was the highest for a George Fox men’s golf team in a conference event in the first three years of the program.
All six Bruins posted sub-80 rounds on the second day, led by Mike Ulstad with a 79-72=151, which tied for 10th. His 72 score was the second 18-hole round in Bruin history to be par or better, and was one stroke off the record of 71 set earlier in the season by Kyle Wilson. Kelton Johnson followed with an 80-75=155 (19th, T), then came Austin Rowland with an 82-74=156 (24th, T), Aleks Gabrio with an 82-79=161 (32nd, T), Chris Lumsden with an 82-79=161 (17th, T), and Wilson with a 90-79=169 (46th, T).
The top three teams in the 2009 Fall Classic were within five strokes of each other. Linfield took the title with a 299-292=591, followed closely by Whitworth at 306-288=594 and Pacific at 301-295=596. Linfield’s Tyler Nelson took medalist honors with a 3-under-par 72-69=141, with Max Bonk of Pacific second at 71-71=142.
George Fox is coming off a seventh-place finish in the Whitman Invitational on Oct. 16-17 at the Wine Valley Golf Course in Walla Walla, Wash. The Bruins shot a 318-328=646 on the par-72, 6,955-yard course. Wilson posted the top score for the Bruins with a 74-83=157, finishing 20th, while Gabrio shot an 81-78=159, finishing 27th, Ulstad carded a 78-86=164 to place 35th, Rowland was 38th with an 85-81=166, and Trevor Pielstick was 45th with an 89-89=178.
NOTES: Matt Beck is in his fourth year as the only coach the George Fox program has ever had ... The Bruins are 1-17-1 thus far this season ... George Fox and Pacific played on the Juniper course earlier this fall on Oct. 2, the Boxers out-pointing the Bruins 78-70 in a dual match using a Stableford scoring system.