Sunday, Sept. 21
The Whitman golf teams saw their first action of the fall semester on Sunday, playing dual matches against Whitworth at Walla Walla's Veterans Memorial Golf Course.
Junior Johnny Keyes paced the Missionary men, shooting a 7-over-par 79. Whitworth's Marty Nauert had the day's low score, a 73, to lead the Pirates to a 302 to 331 victory in the team scoring.
In the women's team scoring, Whitman won by default in that Whitworth fielded a squad of just three players, one below the minimum needed for a team score. Two first-year players, Alexa Hambleton and Hahna Kim, led the Missionaries with scores of 91 and 92, respectively. A third first-year player, Christine Cleland, shot 96 for Whitman.
Sophomore Mary Riegel completed Whitman's team score (379) by carding an even 100. Also playing for the Missionaries were junior Jen Speakman (112) and senior Michelle Wall (116).
Whitworth's Jaimie Peterson had the women's low score for the day, a 90. One of her two teammates, Shara Shogren, finished with a 91.
Adam Mrak and Brett Lawson, two Whitman freshmen, each shot 83 to give the Missionaries their next best scores. Junior Jon Heras shot 86 while senior Casey Nelson, playing his first round of competitive golf for Whitman, finished with a 111.
Sunday-Monday, October 6-7
Whitman’s Johnny Keyes, a junior from Walla Walla, fired a two-over-par 73 in Monday’s second round of the Northwest Conference Northern Fall Classic to finish in second place. Keyes, who shot 78 in Sunday’s opening round at the Spokane Country Club, carded a 36-hole total of 151, nine shots behind the winner, Whitworth’s Joe Finley.
Jon Heras, also a junior, had Whitman’s next best score, a two-day total of 160. Freshmen Brett Rawson and Adam Mrak shot 167 and 170, respectively, to complete Whitman’s team score. The Missionaries finished in fourth place with a 648 total, five shots behind third-place Puget Sound. Whitworth took first in the team scoring with a 612 total, five shots better than second-place Pacific Lutheran.
Casey Nelson, a Whitman senior playing his first season of collegiate golf, started with a 118 on Sunday but then shaved off 13 strokes off that score in his second round.
Sunday-Monday, October 6-7
Alexa Hambleton and Christine Cleland finished in the top five in the women’s portion of the Northwest Conference Northern Fall Tournament, held Monday and Tuesday at Spokane Country Club. As a team, Whitman placed second among the three schools that fielded full teams.
Hambleton was steady during the two-day event, shooting 90 both days to finish at 180, tied for third place. Cleland, whose best round was 91 on Sunday, posted a 36-hole score of 188, tied for fifth place.
Puget Sound’s Emily Lau took medalist honors with a 168. Pacific Lutheran’s Lindy Ramstad shot 175 to place second.
Hahna Kim, another Whitman first-year player, fired a 94 on Monday, cutting eight strokes from her Sunday score, to post a 196 total. Sophomore Mary Riegel completed Whitman’s team scoring with a 206. Also playing for the Missionaries were senior Michelle Wall (212) and junior Jennifer Speakman (249).Pacific Lutheran took first in the team scoring with a 747 total. Whitman was second at 770, followed by Whitworth at 829. Puget Sound was represented by just three players, one less than the minimum for a team score.
Friday-Saturday, October 17-18
Johnny Keyes, a Whitman junior, shot 79 in both rounds to finish with a 36-hole score of 158 to pace the Missionaries in the Northwest Conference Men's Fall Classic, played Friday and Saturday at Aspen Lakes Golf Course near Sisters, Ore.
Adam Mrak, a Whitman freshman, fired a 5-over-par 77 in Saturday's closing round to finish with a two-day score of 162. Mrak was 1-under-par through Saturday's first 12 holes before running into trouble down the stretch.
"Adam's second-day score was definitely one of the highlights for us," Whitman coach Peter McClure said. "Had he held it together over the last few holes, he would have shot right around par."
Jon Heras, a Missionary junior, shot 79 on Saturday to finish with a 164 total. Freshman Brett Rawson finished with a 167 total.
Pacific Lutheran's Brian Bronk shot rounds of 72 and 73 to take individual medalist honors with a 145 total, one stroke in front of Willamette's Kris Hunt and three shots better than PLU's Chris Keough.
Pacific Lutheran won the team scoring with a two-day total of 594 for its top four golfers each day. Willamette was second with a 611 total. Whitman finished seventh (among eight schools) with a 651, just three strokes behind sixth-place Linfield.
"This tournament completes the fall schedule for us, but we're optimistic about the spring season," McClure said. "We think we're right on the verge of putting four good scores together."
Sunday-Monday, October 19-20
Alexa Hambleton, one of two first-year players competing for Whitman, shot a 36-hole score of 174 to finish in sixth place at the Northwest Conference Women’s Fall Classic, played Sunday and Monday at Tokatee Golf Club near Blue River, Ore.
After shooting 90 in Sunday’s opening round, Hambleton came back Monday with an 84. Linfield’s Bobbi Simoni took low medalist honors, shooting 84 Sunday and 80 Monday to finish at 164. Puget Sound’s Emily Lau was second with a 169 total.
Linfield won the team scoring with a 693 two-round total for its top four golfers. Pacific was second at 705. Whitman placed sixth with a 793, 20 strokes behind fifth-place Pacific Lutheran.
Christine Cleland, also a first-year player, had Whitman’s next lowest score, a two-day total of 192. Sophomore Mary Riegel was next at 209, followed by senior Michelle Wall at 219 and sophomore Jennifer Speakman at 239.
Sunday, March 7
Johnny Keyes for the men and Alexa Hambleton for the women shot Whitman's top scores Sunday in an 18-hole dual match with Whitworth Sunday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Golf Course in Walla Walla. It was the first spring semester action for both schools.
Keyes, a junior, shot 7-over-par 79 as the Missionary men lost by 15 strokes to their Pirate counterparts. Hambleton, a first-year golfer, finished with an 87 as the Whitman women fell by 12 strokes to Whitworth.
Whitworth won the men's team scoring with a 317 total for its top four individuals. Whitman finished with a 332. A men's team from Walla Walla College also competed, placing third with a 338 total.
In the women's team scoring, Whitworth was first with a 388 for its top four. Whitman's total was 400.
Other competitors for the Whitmam men were senior Ian Edwards (80), freshman Adam Mrak (84), freshman Brett Rawson (84) and senior Casey Nelson (109). Also playing for the Whitman women were first-year player Christine Cleland (97), senior Michelle Wall (104) and junior Jennifer Speakman (112).
Two Whitworth juniors, Joe Finley and Andrew Harveson, took medalist honors on the men's side. Both shot 77.
Jamie Peterson, a Whitman freshman, had the low score on the women's side, an 82.
Thursday-Friday, March 11-12
Whitman's Alexa Hambleton was one of five first-year golfers who topped the leaderboard in the women's Northwest Conference Spring Tournament, played Thursday and Friday at the Lake Spanaway Golf Club in Tacoma, Wash.
Hambleton shot a 36-hole score of 172, finishing in a fourth-place tie with Joanna Murphy, a first-year player at Pacific.
Puget Sound's Emily Lau captured medalist honors with a 158, nine shots in front of the runner-up, Pacific Lutheran's Lindy Ramstad. Linfield's Leslie Wheeler took third with a 169 total.
Puget Sound placed first in the team scoring with a two-day total of 728 for its top four golfers. Pacific Lutheran was second at 745 and Lewis Clark third at 749. Pacific Lutheran and Whitman rounded out the top five with scores of 762 and 804, respectively. Whitworth was sixth at 824, while Linfield was unable to field four players on day two of the competition.
Whitman's Hambleton carded an 86 on both days to finish at 172. Christine Cleland, also a first-year player, shot 102 on Thursday and followed it up with 97 to post a 199 total.
Others playing for Whitman were sophomore Mary Riegel (105-109, 214), senior Michelle Wall (115-104, 219), and sophomore Jennifer Speakman (123-112, 235).
Thursday-Friday, March 11-12
Johnny Keyes, a junior, shot a 36-hole total of 164 to give the Whitman men's golf team its best score in the Northwest Conference Men's Spring Tournament, held Thursday and Friday at the Fircrest Country Club in Tacoma, Wash.
After carding an 85 in Thursday's first round, Keyes bounced back with an 8-over par 79 on Friday. Teammate Brett Rawson, a freshman, started off with a first-round 79 but then skied to a 93 on Friday for a 172 total. Jon Heras, a Whitman junior, shot 89 and 90 for a 179.
Ian Edwards, a Missionary senior, was able to play only in Friday's round, when he shot 93.
Because Whitman did not have four golfers present each round, it did not have a team score. Willamette won the eight-school tournament with a two-day total of 608 for its top four golfers. Whitworth was second with a 622 and Pacific Lutheran third with a 631.
Willamette's Cord Jonson, who had a 1-over par 72 on Thursday, took medalist honors with a two-round score of 147. One of Jonson's Willamette teammates, Rio Kuteria, finished in a second-place tie at 150 with Whitworth's Mike Van Wingerden.
Monday, March 29
As he has throughout the season, Johnny Keyes shot Whitman's low score as the Missionaries competed Monday in the 36-hole Willamette Invitational at Creekside Golf Course in Salem, Ore.
Keyes, a junior, shot 82 in the morning round and added an 83 in the afternoon for a 165 total. Freshman Adam Mrak and junior Jonathan Heras were close behind with scores of 167 (84-83) and 168 (87-81), respectively.
Brett Rawson, another Whitman freshman, carded an 83 in the morning round but then ballooned to a 99 in the afternoon for a 182 total. Senior Casey Nelson had rounds of 112 and 102 for a 214 total.
Willamette won the 11-team tournament with a 36-hole score of 597 for its top four golfers in each round. Whitworth was second with a 613 total, three strokes in front of Pacific Lutheran. Whitman placed ninth with a 675 team score, seven shots in front of Lewis & Clark. The tourney field included eight Northwest Conference teams as well as Western Baptist, Concordia and Central Oregon Community College.
Willamette's Rio Kuteira took medalist honors, shooting par 72 in both rounds for a 144. Puget Sound's Ian Courtnage was two strokes back as the runner-up.
Monday, April 5
Juniors Johnny Keyes and Jon Heras shot 36-hole scores of 163 and 164, respectively, to pace the Whitman men's golf team Monday at the Pacific Invitational at the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club's Ghost Creek Course near North Plains, Ore.
After opening with an 85 in the morning round 85, Keyes bounced back with a 78 in the afternoon to finish at 163. Heras shot 84 followed by 80 to finish one stroke back of Keyes.
Adam Mrak, a Whitman fresman, carded a 170 total (83-87). Brett Rawson, also a freshman, shot 82 in round two -- 10 strokes lower than his opening round -- to finish at 174.
Two seniors, Ian Edwards and Casey Nelson, also played for the Missionaries. Edwards scored a 183 total (90-93) while Nelson's final tally was 219 (105-114).
Whitman's 36-hole team score for its top four golfers was 669. Whitworth took first in the eight-team field with a 631, five strokes in front of the runner-up, Linfield.
Jeff Dunn, playing for Western Baptist, shot 151 to win medalist honors. Puget Sound's Matt Ristine was one stroke back in second place.
Whitman's next scheduled competition is a dual match April 15 at Whitworth.
Sunday-Monday, April 4-5
First-year player Alexa Hambleton shot rounds of 87 and 93 to finish with a 180 total, good enough for a sixth-place tie at Willamette Women's Invitational, played Sunday and Monday at the OGA Tukwila Golf Course in Woodburn, Ore.
As a team, Whitman placed fifth with a two-day score of 841 for its top four golfers. Pacific took first with a 736, six strokes in front of Puget Sound. Emily Lau, playing for Puget Sound, won medalist honors with rounds of 80 and 86 for a 166 total, three strokes better than the runner-up, Concordia's Miranda Silva.
Others playing for Whitman were Mary Riegel 105-103 208, Michelle Wall 108-106 214, and Jennifer Speakman 117-122 239.
Five Northwest Conference fielded full teams in both rounds. Lewis & Clark and Willamette had full teams on hand for Sunday's round only. Concordia, not a member of the NWC, did not have a full team in either round.
Friday, April 9
Despite strong efforts from Johnny Keyes and Alexa Hambleton, the Whitman golf teams finished second in the Walla Walla Cup Friday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Golf Course in Walla Walla.
Walla Walla Community College teams won the cup in both the men's and women's competitions, although the Warrior women edged their Whitman counterparts by just three strokes in the team scoring.
Keyes, a junior, shot a 1-over 73 to lead the Missionary men. Hambleton, a first-year player, fired an 85, the second-best individual score in the women's field.
The WWCC women took first in the team scoring with a 268 total for its top three golfers. Megan McKague, the only women's entry for Walla Walla College, captured medalist honors with a 6-over 78.
In the men's team scoring, which encompassed each team's top four individuals, WWCC was first with a 286 total. Whitman was second at 313 and Walla Walla College third at 322. Brandon Johnson and Qui'non Williams, two WWCC players, ended regular play with scores of 2-under 70. Johnson won medalist honors the men on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff.
Others scoring for the Whitman men included junior Jon Heras and freshman Adam Mrak, each of whom carded a 78, and senior Ian Edwards, who finished with an 84. Casey Nelson, a senior, added a 101.
Christine Cleland, another of Whitman's first-year players, and senior Michelle Wall both shot 93 to round out the Missionary women's team score. Junior Jennifer Speakman and sophomore Mary Riegel shot scores of 101 and 109, respectively.
Thursday, April 15
Johnny Keyes and Alexa Hambleton had Whitman's low scores in a dual match with Whitworth Thursday afternoon at the Spokane Country Club.
Keyes, a junior, shot 81, one stroke in front of freshman Adam Mrak. Hambleton, a first-year player, carded a 90 to lead the women's team.
Whitworth won the men's team scoring with a 310 total for its top four golfers. The Community Colleges of Spokane, which also competed Thursday, was second with a 328. The Whitman men finished with a 345.
Whitworth's Joe Finley was the medalist on the men's side with a 2-over 74. Others playing for the Whitman men were senior Ian Edwards 90, junior Jon Heras 92, freshman Brett Rawson 94, and senior Casey Nelson 108.
The Community Colleges of Spokane, led by Beth Wrigley's 85, won the women's team scoring with a 349. Whitworth was second at 429. Whitman had only three players on hand, one short of number needed for a team score.
Christine Cleland, a first-year player for Whitman, shot an even 100. Junior Jennifer Speakman finished with a 110. Senior Michelle Wall was unable to compete because of academic commitments, and sophomore Mary Riegel was sidelined by injury.
Alexa Hambleton placed 11th to lead the Whitman women's golf team at the Northwest Conference Championships, played Sunday and Monday at Aspen Lakes Golf Course near Sisters, Ore.
Hambleton, a first-year player, carded a 36-hole score of 183, four shots out of 10th place.
Puget Sound's Emily Lau took medalist honors with a 159 total, two strokes in front of Linfield's Leslie Wheeler. Rounding out the top five were Pacific's Joanna Murphy at 166, Linfield's Brandi McElfresh at 169, and Pacific's Kilah Sime at 173.
Pacific won the team title with a two-day score of 693 for its top four golfers in each round. Lewis & Clark was second with a 723 total, while Puget Sound was third at 734, one shot in front of Linfield.
Whitman and Willamette did not have team scores because each school only had three golfers on hand. Also playing for Whitman were first-year player Christine Cleland, who shot 212, and junior Jennifer Speakman, who finished with a 229. Sophomore Mary Riegel was unable to play because of injury, and senior Michelle Wall was presenting a paper at an academic conference.
Whitman's Johnny Keyes fired a 36-hole score of 151 -- good enough for a tie for eighth place -- on the opening day of competition at the Northwest Conference Golf Championships Monday at Tokatee Golf Course near Blue River, Ore. The championships conclude Tuesday with a third round of 18 holes.
After shooting 77 in Monday's first round, Keyes bounced back with a 2-over 74 in the afternoon round.
Adam Mrak, a Whitman freshman, shot 86 and 75 in his two rounds for a 161 total. Senior Ian Edwards and freshman Brett Rawson were tied at 164. Both Edwards and Rawson shot their best-ever competitive scores in the second round -- Rawson carded a 76 while Edwards finished with a 78.
As a team, Whitman shot 303 in Monday's second round, which was the third best team score posted during the afternoon. "That was the best round we've had as a team this season," Whitman coach Peter McClure said.
In the team scoring, Whitman was in sixth place with a 640 total, five strokes behind fifth-place Puget Sound. Willamette was in first place with a 590, six shots better than second-place Whitworth.
Whitman's Johnny Keyes shot a final round 75 to finish in a four-way tie for seventh place as the Northwest Conference Men's Golf Championships came to a close at Tokatee Golf Course near Blue River, Ore. With a 36-hole total of 226, Keyes joined Pacific's Noah Horstman and Whitworth's Scott Kramer and Marty Nauert in the deadlock for the seventh spot.
"That's an excellent showing for Johnny," Whitman coach Peter McClure said.
Pacific Lutheran's Brian Misterek captured medalist honors with a 213, edging last year's winner, Rio Kuteria of Willamette, by a single stroke. Whitworth's Joe Finley took third with a 222 total.
Keyes, a Missionary junior, trimmed seven strokes off the score he posted on the same course at last year's championship tournament.
Two Whitman freshmen, Adam Mrak and Brett Rawson, both shot 80 in Tuesday's closing round. Mrak finished with a 236 total, eight shots in front of Rawson. Senior Ian Edwards shot 86 Tuesday to close with a 250 total.
In the team scoring, Willamette won its second consecutive conference title with an 892 total for its top four golfers. Whitworth was second at 901 and Pacific Lutheran third at 906. Whitman took sixth with a 956 total, seven strokes behind fifth-place Puget Sound. A total of eight schools competed.
"This was our best showing of the season, both individually and colletively," McClure said. "It was a fine way to end the season."