News release date: April 24, 1996

Whitman College Senior Makes All-Northwest Conference Golf Team

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Whitman College senior Mike Wehrman capped his collegiate golfing career with an all-conference performance early this week at the Tokatee Golf Course near Blue River, Oregon.

Competing Monday and Tuesday, April 22-23, in the 54-hole Northwest Conference of Independent Colleges championships, Wehrman fired rounds of 77, 74 and 80 to finish with a 231-stroke total -- just four strokes behind tournament champion Chris Ming of Pacific Lutheran University.

Wehrman finished in fourth place, one stroke out of third place and three strokes out of second. He was one of six golfers to make the all-conference team.

The tournament was played in a steady rain that ranged from light to heavy in intensity. Wehrman was in second place, just one stroke behind Ming, heading into the second day's final 18 holes on the par-72 course.

"Mike worked very hard on his game the two weeks prior to the tournament," Whitman assistant golf coach Peter McClure said. "It was a lot of fun to see him play so well in weather that was so bad."

Wehman, a 1992 graduate of Redmond (Wash.) High School, also shot Whitman's best scores in the conference championships at the end of his freshman and sophomore years. Last spring, he skipped the golf season to play on Whitman's baseball team.

Others competing for Whitman in the 1996 championships included Josh Boulange, another Whitman senior who also graduated from Redmond High School. Boulange shot rounds of 86, 81 and 85 for a 54-hole total of 252.

Rounding out the Whitman contingent at the conference championships were Alex Bingham 82-83-82 (247), Ty Phillippay 82-78-88 (248), Gene Hansen 90-82-82 (254) and James Smart 100-88-89 (277).


Dave Holden, Whitman Sports Information Director, (509) 527-5902
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