Tyler Kalberg of Pacific Lutheran and Travis Allen of Puget Sound finished in a tie for second place with 158 totals.
Playing on their home course, Whitman's top four golfers posted a team score of 318 on Sunday to grab the first-round lead. Pacific Lutheran was two shots back at 320, while the University of Puget Sound was in third with a 327 total. Seattle University finished with a first-day score of 335.
Pacific Lutheran claimed the team championship Monday by shooting a second-round score of 319, which gave the Lutes a two-day total of 639. Puget Sound had Monday's best team score, a 318, and finished in second place overall with a 645 total. Whitman slipped to a 331 Monday and finished at 649. Seattle settled for fourth place with a 684.
"Having the lead in the team scoring was a great way to start the fall season," noted Skip Molitor, who is coaching the golf teams this fall with Peter McClure. "I think PLU has won the last seven men's conference championships, so the fact that we were competitive with them is a sign of good things to come for Whitman."
"It was great to have that first-round lead, even if it was kind of disappointing to lose the lead in the second round," McClure said. "We're off to a good start, and I think we're going to improve a great deal as the season goes along."
Heyd and teammates Alex Bingham and Joey Bristol each shot six-over par rounds of 78 on Sunday and were part of a five-way tie for the first-round individual lead. Also shooting 78 Sunday were Travis Allen of Puget Sound and Tyler Kalberg of Pacific Lutheran.
Other Whitman golfers and their Sunday scores were Dave Norelius 84, Gene Hansen 87 and Lucas Franks 87.
Heyd again shot 78 in Monday's second round. Bingham finished with an 83, while Franks, another freshman, improved to 84. Bristol and Norelius each carded an 86 on Monday, while Hansen finished with a 97. By virtue of his two-day score of 161, Bingham finished in a tie for fourth place in the individual standings. Bristol placed sixth with a 164 total, while Norelius finished 10th with a 170.
Several other Whitman golfers competed in Sunday's opening round, although their scores did not count in the team calculations. The best of the Missionary exhibition rounds was posted by Jason Berry, who shot an 83.
Women's Results: Only two schools fielded full women's teams for the Northwest Conference Northern Division Fall Championships, which were held Sunday and Monday at Walla Walla's Veterans Memorial Golf Course, and Pacific Lutheran University was a clear- cut winner over host Whitman. The Lutes finished with a two-day, 36-hole team score of 808 for their top four golfers, while the Missionaries finished with a 914 total.
Sarah Groesh of Pacific Lutheran nabbed individual medalist honors with a two-day score of 174. She finished 14 strokes in front of one of her teammates, Dawn Dixon.
Ashley Gelvin had Whitman's top score, shooting a 197 to place fourth. After carding a 101 in the first round, Gelvin rebounded with a 96 in Monday's competition. "Ashley made a nice comeback Monday, especially after she shot a 10 on the first hole," Molitor said.
Other Whitman golfers and their two-day scores were Sarah Cochran 222, Lynnelle McNamee 245, Carrie Pederson 250, and Hana Tysver 264.
Marlow Kruse, one of two University of Puget Sound women who competed, placed third overall with a 193.
Whitman's Adam Heyd and Joey Bristol teamed to shoot a combined 18-hole score of 150 to place seventh in the Two-Man Best Ball competition, which was held Saturday, Oct. 17, as a preliminary to the Northwest Conference Fall Classic near Sisters, Oregon. The two-man event was held on the Big Meadow Golf Course.
Ben Brooksby and Pat Boyd of Willamette University won the two-man competition with a combined score of 143.
Dave Norelius and Dustin Lane of Whitman shot a 164 to finish in a tie for 14th place. A fifth member of the Missionary golf team, Lucas Franks, was forced to play alone in the two- man event because of a hand injury late last week to Alex Bingham. One of Whitman's best golfers, Bingham was unable to make the trip after hurting his hand in an intramural football game.
Whitman freshman Adam Heyd was Mr. Steady, shooting two rounds of 82 to place 10th in the two-day, 36-hole Northwest Conference Fall Classic at the Black Butte Ranch near Sisters, Oregon.
With one of its two best golfers sidelined with a hand injury, Whitman faded to a sixth- place finish in a seven-team field in the team scoring. Alex Bingham missed the competition after hurting his hand in an intramural football game.
Pacific Lutheran placed first in the team scoring with a 623 total for its top four golfers. Willamette was second at 636, followed by Linfield at 670, Pacific at 675, Puget Sound at 683, Whitman at 689, and Seattle at 702.
"We probably would have finished much higher as a team had Alex been able to play," Whitman coach Peter McClure said. "Our expectation was that Alex would have scored at least as well as Adam, which could have saved us about 20 strokes in the team scoring."
Knocking 20 strokes from Whitman's team score would have placed the Missionaries in third place, just a few strokes out of second.
Whitman's Joey Bristol shot an opening round 83 and added an 85 on the second day of competition to finish in a tie for 18th at 168. Other Whitman golfers and two-day scores were Dave Norelius 174, Lucas Franks 183, and Dustin Lane at 190.
The annual Fall Classic is the final conference competition until the spring semester.
The Whitman Golf Team took to the course for the first time this spring in Olympia at the St. Martin's College Invitational.
The men teed up for 36 holes on Monday and then followed it with 18 on Tuesday. The women played 18 holes both days.
Freshman Adam Heyd led the men with a 244 over the three rounds. Heyd opened the tournament with an 80 and followed it up with an 85. He shot a team low 79 on Tuesday. His three-round score of 245 put him in 24th place overall in a field of 75 golfers.
Senior Alex Bingham shot a third-round 81 to finish with a total of 263. Fellow Senior Eric Odegard posted a 272 highlighted by a second-round score of 80. Sophomores Joey Bristol and Dustin Lane finished with 295 and 320 respectively. The men finished fifth amongst Northwest Conference schools.
The 16 team tournament was won by by Western Washington University with Pacific Lutheran University finishing first among Northwest Conference Schools.
Alisa Hansen and Sarah Cochran led the women with 36-hole totals of 240. Other women's scores included Lynnell McNamee, 267; Hanna Tysver, 312; and Carrie Pederson, 316.
The women's tournament was won by University of British Columbia with Pacific Lutheran finishing first among Northwest Conference schools.
For the first time in recent memory, the Whitman men's golf team finished among the top half of teams in a two-day Northwest Conference tournament, and the Whitman women's team also shot much lower scores in a competition hosted by Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon.
Rated as the 74th best golf course in America, Pumpkin Ridge proved to be a true test of golf for the men. Alex Bingham led Whitman with a two-day total of 161, which included a tournament low 74. Bingham's strong finish left him just seven strokes behind the tournament medalist, Victor Aoki. The 74 was especially impressive considering the high winds that plagued the tournament both days but blew even stronger on the second day. The course was also extremely wet due to recent rains.
Freshman Adam Heyd turned in another solid tournament with a 36-hole total of 164, which placed him nineth overall. Other Whitman golfers were Joey Bristol, 173; Dave Norelius, 176; Eric Odegard, 185; and Gene Hansen, 197.
Taking the top four scores from each day, Whitman finished with a fourth-place team score of 676. Seattle University, Willamette, Lewis and Clark and Pacific all trailed the Missionaries.
"I'm very excited about where we finished," said coach Pete McLure. "We were able to finish fourth despite the fact that we weren't on our best game. I like where we are at right now as we get ready for conference."
Playing at Quial Valley GC, the women saw great improvement from the previous week. Sarah Cochran led the team with a two-day total of 220 including a first-round 103. Other women were Lynelle McNamee, 247, and Hanna Tysver 261. Freshman Alisa Hansen shot a 114 on Wednesday but fell ill on Thursday and was unable to compete.
Members of the Whitman women's golf team posted a number of career-best scores as the Missionaries placed fourth in the team scoring during the Northwest Conference women's golf championships, held Friday, April 30, and Saturday, May 1, at a pair of central Oregon golf courses.
Whitman's Sarah Cochran shot her best round of the season with a 97 on the first day of competition at the Big Meadows Golf Course near Sisters, Oregon. She finished with a two-day score of 213 to lead the Missionaries.
Lynelle McNamee had her best round of the season on Saturday, shooting a 104 at the Eagle Ridge Golf Course near Sisters, Oregon. She carded a 49 on the back nine that day, marking the first time she had broken 50 for nine holes in tournament competition. Her two-day total was 219.
Alisa Hansen also shot a season-best score on Saturday with a 109. Her two-day score was 228.
Hanna Tysver closed out the tournament Saturday with a 59 on the back nine. It was her best nine-hole score of the season. Her two-day score was 273.
Willamette won the team title with a two-day score of 704 for its top four golfers. Willamette's Kara Blair was the individual medalist with a 157.
Pacific Lutheran was second in the team scoring with a 790. Pacific was third with an 802, while Whitman was fourth with a 933. Golfers from Lewis & Clark and Linfield also competed, although those schools did not have full teams present. The University of Puget Sound did not send its team to the tournament because of scheduling conflicts.
Whitman freshman Adam Heyd shot 18-hole rounds of 75 and 78 and was four shots off the lead after the opening day of competition in the Northwest Conference men's golf championships Monday at the Tokatee Golf Course near Blue River, Oregon. The 54-hole tournament concludes with 18 holes on Tuesday.
Willamette University's Pat Boyd took the first-day lead with rounds of even-par 72 and 75 for a 149 total. One of Boyd's teammates, Jason Nichols, was in second place with a 151 while Whitman's Heyd was tied for third at 153 with Pacific's Mark Buckwald.
Willamette took the lead in the team scoring with a 305 total for its top four golfers. Linfield and Pacific Lutheran were tied for second at 311. Whitman was in fifth place in the eight-school field with a 330 total.
Also scoring for Whitman were Alex Bingham, 82-84-166; Gene Hansen, 86-84-170; Joey Bristol, 87-84-171; Eric Odegard, 87-93-180; and Dustin Lane, 92-107-199.
Weather conditions for the opening day of play were cool with steady periods of rain.
Whitman freshman Adam Heyd shot a final round 78, six over par, to finish in a fourth-place tie as the Northwest Conference men's golf championships concluded Tuesday at the Tokatee Golf Course near Blue River, Oregon. As one of the top six finishers, Heyd earned a spot on the all-conference team.
Heyd finished with a 54-hole score of 231, which was five shots back of the low medalist, Jason Nichols of Willamette University. Heyd finished one shot out of third place and three shots out of second.
"Adam worked very hard this spring and spent a lot of hours at the driving range and on the golf course," Whitman coach Peter McClure said. "His game is solid and I think it will continue to improve with time and more competition. He's a good player."
Willamette won the team scoring with a 54-hole total of 926 for its top four golfers. Pacific Lutheran finished three shots back in second place, while Linfield was another four shots back in third place. The University of Puget Sound took fourth in the eight-team field, finishing 13 shots ahead of fifth-place Whitman.
Whitman senior Alex Bingham shot his best round Tuesday, an 80, to finish with a 54-hole score of 246. Teammates Joey Bristol and Gene Hansen both finished the tournament with scores of 256. Eric Odegard had a 270 total for the Missionaries, while Dustin Lane shot 290 for his three rounds.
"Overall, our team made a good effort to improve this season," McClure said. "I'm looking forward to next year."
Tuesday's final round was marked by the same cool temperatures and rain that plagued Monday's first two rounds of play.