REDMOND, Ore. – Dropping one stroke off their previous day’s score of 340 to shoot a 341 on Sunday for a final score of 681, the George Fox University Bruins slipped from a tie for sixth to seventh place as the Northwest Conference Men’s Golf Fall Classic came to its two-day conclusion here at the Juniper Golf Course.
George Fox had been tied with Pacific Lutheran University after the first round and was only one shot behind fifth-place Whitman College, but was the only team unable to shave any strokes off its opening-day score. The final day was played under adverse weather conditions, as a winter storm produced cold, rain, and strong winds around the area all day long.
The University of Puget Sound maintained its first-day lead and won the Classic with a 320-312=632 on the par 72, 7,186-yard course. Pacific University broke a three-way tie for second and was the runner-up with a 330-309=639. Following in order were Linfield College at 330-314=644, Whitworth University at 330-319=649, Whitman at 339-323=662, Pacific Lutheran at 340-323=663, George Fox, Willamette University at 356-345=701, and Lewis & Clark College at 380-359=739.
Max Bonk of Pacific, the first-day leader with a 73, carded a brilliant six-under-par 66 on Sunday and won the tournament with a 139, 12 strokes ahead Alex Fitch of Linfield, who shot a 76-75=151. Riley Conlin of Puget Sound took third with a 78-77=155, followed by Matt Kitto of Puget Sound at 81-75=156 and Andrew Welch of Whitman at 77-80-157.
Aleks Gabrio, who shot a 78 on Saturday and was tied for fourth, had an 83 on Sunday and finished 10th with a 161 to lead the Bruins. Also counting on Sunday for George Fox were Austin Rowland, who had a 97-80=177 to tie for 31st; Chris Lumdsen with an 89-89=178 to tie for 36th, and Mike Ulstad with a 93-89=182, tied for 43rd. Kyle Wilson had the Bruins’ second-best overall score with an 84-90=174, tied for 29th, and Trevor Pielstick shot an 89-98=187 to tie for 48th.
The NWC Fall Classic was the final match of the fall season for all the conference teams.
Complete results of the Northwest Conference Fall Classic, courtesy of the host Linfield sports information office, are available on line on the George Fox men’s golf website at http://athletics.georgefox.edu/sports/mgolf/2010-11/files/1024.htm.