Whitman College Men's Golf
1997 Fall Season

Tournament Summaries

Sunday & Monday, October 5-6
NCIC Washington Division Golf Tournament
Classic Country Club, Spanaway, Wash.

Whitman's Alex Bingham shot 164 over 36 holes and finished among the leaders at the NCIC Washington Division Golf Tournament Oct. 5-6 at the rain-soaked Classic Country Club in Spanaway, Wash.

Bingham finished in a three-way tie for fourth-place. Martin Folkman of Pacific Lutheran took medalist honors with a 156 total. Vince Aoki of the University of Puget Sound was second with a 160 total.

"Alex played really well," Whitman coach Peter McClure said. "He hit a lot of greens in regulation. He told me that if he could have made a few more putts in the first round, he would have had a very good score that day." Bingham shot a 79 in Sunday's opening round and was in second place at that point, just two strokes behind Folkman. Binghman made his move Sunday on the back nine, shooting a 37.

Puget Sound placed first in the team scoring with a 655 total for its top four golfers. PLU was second at 665, followed by Seattle University at 686 and Whitman at 704.

Other Whitman golfers and their 36-hole totals were Rob Spooner 177, Dave Norelius 182, Jesse Arick 183 and Joey Bristol 184.

Spooner, a freshman, shot an 84 in Monday's second round, Whitman's best score that day. Spooner was a last-minute replacement for Gene Hansen, who injured a wrist prior to the tournament.

"Rob Spooner has a lot of potential," McClure said. "He hits the ball a long way. He just needs some practice time."


Thursday, April 9
Irv Marlow Jr. Collegiate Golf Invitational
Classic Country Club, Spanaway, Wash.

Alex Bingham and Rob Spooner both posted 18-hole scores of 86 to tie for eighth place after the first day of the 36-hole Irv Marlow Jr. Collegiate Golf Invitational at the Classic Country Club in Spanaway, Wash. The eight-team men's tournament will conclude Friday, April 10, at the Fircrest Golf Course in Tacoma, Wash.

Bingham and Spooner finished their rounds eight strokes back of the first-day leader. Also scoring for Whitman were Peter Allen 89, James Smart 95, Joey Bristol 101, and Jesse Arick 101.

Linfield topped the first-day team scoring with a 328 total for its top four individuals. Pacific Lutheran was second at 332, followed by Willamette 338, Pacific 340, Puget Sound 349, Seattle 354, Whitman 356 and Lewis & Clark 379.


Friday, April 10
Erv Marlow Jr. Collegiate Golf Invitational
Fircrest Golf Course, Tacoma, Wash.

Whitman's Alex Bingham shot a second round 6-over par 78 Friday at Tacoma's Fircrest Golf Course and finished with a two-day total of 164 to place sixth in the Erv Marlow Jr. Collegiate Golf Invitational.

Bingham, a junior, was one of three golfers to shoot 78 Friday and finish two strokes back of that day's low score, which was posted by Linfield's Ryan Welch.

Others scoring for Whitman Friday were Peter Allen 87, James Smart 91, Rob Spooner 98, and Joey Bristol 89. Their two-day totals (the first round was played Thursday at the Classic Country Club) were Allen 176, Smart 186, Spooner 184, and Bristol 190. Jesse Arick withdrew and did not finish his second round.

Puget Sound's Brett Schlameus shot a two-day score of 154 to tale medalist honors. Linfield's Welch was the runner-up with a 157 total for his two rounds.

Linfield won the team scoring with a two-day total of 643 for its top four golfers. Pacific Lutheran was eight strokes back in second place, while Willamette placed third with a 661. Pacific was fourth at 675 and Puget Sound fifth at 685. Whitman and Seattle University tied for sixth with 701 totals. Lewis & Clark placed eighth with a 739.


Wednesday-Thursday, April 15-16
Pacific University Invitational
Pumpkin Ridge Golf Course, Cornelius, Oregon

Whitman's Alex Bingham and Dave Norelius both shot a second-round 79 Thursday to give the Missionaries their best showings of the two-day, 36-hole Pacific University Invitational at the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Course in Cornelius, Oregon.

Pacific, the host school, won the team scoring with a two-day total of 621 for its top four golfers. Linfield was second at 634, Pacific Lutheran was third at 645, and Willamette fourth at 648.

Whitman finished in seventh place with a 688, just three strokes behind sixth-place Seattle and 15 strokes behind fifth-place Puget Sound. Lewis & Clark finished last with a 747 total.

Pacific's Jay Meyerhoff shot a 69 Thursday and finished with a two-day total of 148 to take medalist honors by four strokes over his nearest competitor.

Bingham topped Whitman with a two-day total of 164, which tied him for 10th place in the final standings. Other two-day scores for Whitman were Peter Allen 171, Norelius 174, Joey Bristol 179, James Smart 179, and A.J. Herres 197.


Friday, April 24
Northwest Conference Championships -- Day One
Tokatee Golf Course, Blue River, Oregon

Alex Bingham shot 161 over 36 holes to lead Whitman's first-day efforts at the Northwest Conference championships at the Tokatee Golf Course near Blue River in central Oregon.

Bingham was 11 strokes back of the first-day leader, Chad Roraback of Pacific Lutheran University. PLU also led the team scoring with a 614 combined score for its top four golfers.

Willamette was in second place with a 621. Other team scores were Linfield 628, Pacific 634, Seattle 656, Whitman 671, Puget Sound 675 and Lewis & Clark 710.

Other individual scores for Whitman were Peter Allen 170, Rob Spooner 173, A.J. Herres 174, Dave Norelius 177, and Joey Bristol 180.

The tournament concludes Saturday, April 25, with 18 holes. The winning team advances to the NAIA national championships.


Saturday, April 25
Northwest Conference Championships -- Day Two
Tokatee Golf Course, Blue River, Oregon

Rob Spooner shot an 82, one stroke better than teammate Alex Bingham, to pace Whitman in Saturday's final round of the Northwest Conference championships at the Tokatee Golf Course near Blue River, Oregon.

Pacific Lutheran won the conference team title with a 54-hole total of 924 for its top four golfers. Willamette finished second with a 934 and Linfield was third with a 942, one stroke in front of fourth-place Pacific.

Seattle University finished in fifth with a 985. Whitman was sixth with a 1007 total, while the University of Puget Sound was seventh with 1010. Lewis & Clark was last with a 1084 total.

Pacific Lutheran advances as a team to the NAIA national championships. PLU's Chad Roraback won individual medalist honors with a 54-hole total of 226. He made the all-conference team along with Mark Buckwold and Luke Dickson of Pacific, each of whom shot 230; Rian Fuglestad of Linfield, who finished at 231; and Kris Grinnell of PLU, who had a 233.

Bingham had Whitman's best three-day total, a 244. Spooner finished at 255, one stroke better than Peter Allen. Also scoring for Whitman were Dave Norelius 263, Joey Bristol 265, and A.J. Herres 268.