Sunday, Sept. 11
Kyle Buckingham, a Whitman freshman from Sammamish, Wash., fired a 3-over par 75 to finish among the leaders in a three-school golf match Sunday afternoon at the Wildhorse Resort Golf Course in Mission, Ore.
Craig Dehning, playing for Portland's Concordia University, shot 70 for the day's low score. One of his teammates, Tyler Austin, and Whitworth's Andrew Parrot took second place with scores of 71.
Rounding out Whitman's top three were two more freshman, Kevin Kato and Nick Dollar, who carded 84 and 88, respectively. Junior Dean Peterson, with a 91, also contributed to the Missionary team score, a 338. Whitworth won the team competition with a 290 for its top four. Concordia was second with a 295.
Whitman's Buckingham double-bogeyed the second hole but then bounced back to birdie two of the remaining par-5 holes. He played one stretch, from No. 10 through No. 16, at 1-under par. His only bogey on the backside came at No. 17, a tricky par-4.
"Kyle is the real deal," Whitman golf coach Peter McClure said. "He has a great work ethic and really seems like he wants to bring his best game to the course."
"Both Kevin Kato and Nick Dollar played pretty except for a few bad holes," McClure added. "I expect them to continue to improve as they become accustomed to competition at the college level."
Also playing for Whitman were senior Matt Mazur-Hart 92, freshman Jake Graffe 93, and senior Cole Smead 123.
Two members of the Whitman women's team also played on Sunday. Senior Mary Riegel shot 98, one shot in front of sophomore Tamara Carley.
The Whitman golf teams to Cle Elum, Wash., next Sunday, Sept. 18, to play Whitworth and Central Washington. The match will be played on Suncadia Golf Course.
Sunday, Sept. 18
Freshman Kyle Buckingham fired an 84 to post Whitman's low score in a three-way golf match Sunday at the Suncadia Golf Course near Cle Elum, Wash. Teams from Central Washington and Whitworth also competed.
Whitworth's Andrew Parrot shot 76 for the day's score. Gren Nelson carded an 81 for Central Washington's top score.
Dean Peterson, a junior, had Whitman's next-best score, a 93. Two more Missionary freshmen, Kevin Kato and Nick Dollar, shot 96 and 99, respectively. Jake Graffe, also a freshman, finished at 100, five strokes in front of senior Matt Mazur-Hart.
Whitworth won the team scoring with a 316 total for its top four golfers. Central Washington was second with a 351. Whitman's team score was 372.
Two members of women's teams also played Suncadia on Sunday. Whitman senior Mary Riegel shot 98, five shots in back of Whitworth's Kelly Parker.
Sunday, Oct. 2
Freshman Kyle Buckingham shot 81, the day's eighth-best score, as the two-day Northwest Conference Northern Colleges Fall Tournament got underway Sunday at Lake Spanaway Golf Course in Spanaway, Wash.
Others contributing to Whitman's 345 team score were freshman Nick Dollar 86, junior Dean Peterson 88, and freshman Kevin Kato 90. Also playing for the Missionaries were freshman Jake Grabbe, who shot 95, and senior Matt Mazur-Hart, who finished with a 98.
With Bobby Elder shooting the day's low score, a 71, Whitworth rolled to a big lead in the four-school field with a 293 team score. Puget Sound was second a 316, two strokes in front of Pacific Lutheran.
Pacific Lutheran and Puget Sound were the only schools fielding complete women's teams. Puget Sound's Emily Lau shot 84 to lead the individual scoring, but Pacific Lutheran led 359 to 382 in the team scoring.
Two Whitman women played Sunday. Junior Alexa Hambleton and sophomore Tamara Carley both shot 91.
The fall tournament concludes with 18 holes on Monday.
Monday, Oct. 3
The Whitman men's golf team trimmed its second-round score by nine strokes Monday as the two-day Northwest Conference Northern Colleges Fall Tournament concluded at Lake Spanaway Golf Course in Spanaway, Wash.
Whitman's top four golfers totaled 336 for Monday's 18 holes, a nine-shot improvement over Sunday's opening round. Freshman Kyle Buckingham improved by two strokes, shooting 79 to finish with a 36-hole score of 160, good for 12th place in a field of 24 golfers.
Dean Peterson, a Whitman junior, shot 83 Tuesday, cutting five strokes off his first-round score, to finish with a 171 total. Freshman Nick Dollar carded 86 in both rounds to post a 172 total. Kevin Kato, also a freshman, added 88 to his opening-round 90 to finish at 178.
Also playing for Whitman were freshman Jake Graffe, who totaled 192 after shooting 97 in the second round, and senior Matt Mazur-Hart, who finished with a 199 two-day score.
Led by medalist Bobby Elder's 148 total, Whitworth won the team scoring with a 603. Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran tied at 622, followed by Whitman at 681.
One member of Whitman women's team also played Monday. Junior Alexa Hambleton dropped three strokes off her Sunday score to shoot 88 on Monday and finish at 179. Puget Sound's Emily Lau took medalist honors with a 165. Pacific Lutheran was first in the women's team scoring with a 711 total.
Sunday & Monday, Oct. 16-17
Alexa Hambleton and Tamara Carley shot 36-hole scores of 178 and 187, respectively, to pace Whitman at the Northwest Conference Women's Fall Classic, played Sunday and Monday at Aspen Lakes Golf Course near Sisters, Ore.
Carley, a sophomore, shot 90 in Sunday's opening round, one shot better than Hambleton, a junior. Hambleton followed with an 87 in Monday's concluding round. Carley slipped to a 97 on Monday.
Willamette's Whitney Ueno took medalist honors by firing an even-par 72 on Sunday and a 75 on Monday. Her 147 total gave her a whopping 10-stroke cushion over the runnerup, Puget Sound's Emily Lau.
Puget Sound was a clear-cut winner in the team scoring, posting a 685 for its top four golfers. Linfield was second with a 701, followed closely by Pacific at 702 and Willamette at 703. Pacific Lutheran was next with a 714, followed by Whitman at 819. Lewis & Clark fielded an incomplete team, while Whitworth did not have any competitors on hand.
Also competing for Whitman were seniors Mary Riegel (199) and Michelle Ritzenthaler (255).
Sunday, Oct. 23
Freshman Kelvin Kato shot 82 to lead Whitman at the Northwest Conference Men's Fall Classic, which got underway Sunday at Tokatee Golf Course near Blue River, Ore. Kato opened with a 42 on the front nine and added a 40 on the closing nine holes.
Freshmen Nick Dollar and Kyle Buckingham were next in line for Whitman, shooting 88 and 89, respectively. A fourth Missionary freshman, Jake Graffe, rounded out Whitman's team score -- 350 -- by carding a 91. Dean Peterson, a junior, also played for Whitman, shooting 93.
Led by Jordon Carter's 69, Whitworth grabbed the first-round lead in the team scoring with a 291. Pacific's Dan Cashmere and Whitworth's Andrew Parrott shot 72 to tie for second place in the individual standings.
Trailing Whitworth in the team scoring were Pacific Lutheran at 297, Pacific at 306, and Willamette at 307. Other team scores were Linfield 312, Puget Sound 315, and Lewis & Clark 318.
The fall classic concludes Monday with a second round of 18 holes.
Monday, Oct. 24
Freshman Kyle Buckingham fired a second-round 80, shaving nine strokes off his opening-day score, to give Whitman its best individual performance in the Northwest Conference Men's Fall Classic, which concluded Monday at Tokatee Golf Course near Blue River, Ore.
Buckingham's two-day score of 169 was two shots lower than two of his freshman teammates, Nick Dollar and Kevin Kato. Dollar shot 83 in Monday's closing round, cutting five strokes off his Sunday score. Kato, after shooting 82 in the first round, slipped to an 89 on Monday.
Dean Peterson, a Whitman junior, carded an 88 in round two, a five-shot improvement from the day before. He finished with a 181 total.
Jake Graffe, a fourth Whitman freshman, shot 100 on Tuesday to finish at 191.
Whitworth's Jordon Carter won medalist honors with a two-day total of 137. Pacific Lutheran's Brian Misterek was seven shots back in second place.
Whitworth also won the team scoring with a two-round score of 581 for its top four golfers. Pacific Lutheran was second at 604 and Pacific third at 607. Other team scores were Linfield 617, Willamette 620, Puget Sound 630, and Lewis & Clark 659, and Whitman 690.
Sunday, March 5
It was a split decision as the Whitman and Whitworth golf teams opened their spring seasons Sunday with an 18-hole dual match at Veterans Golf Course in Walla Walla. Whitman scored a 383-439 victory in the women's dual, while Whitworth took the men's competition 306-325.
Three sophomores -- Whitman's Brian Abelson and Whitworth's Andrew Parrott and Jordan Carter -- shot scores of 2-over 74 to tie for medalist honors on the men's side. Kelli Parker, a Whitworth senior, had the day's low score, an 84, among the women.
Mary Riegel, a Whitman senior, led the Missionaries with an 88. Christine Cleland, a junior, survived a shaky back nine to shoot 95. First-year competitor Shawn Kelly and sophomore Caroline McCullough shot scores of 96 and 104, respectively, to round Whitman's team score. It was McCullough's first-ever competitive golf match; she did not play golf in her first year at Whitman.
Michelle Ritzenthaler, a senior, also played for the Missionaries, shooting 118.
Abelson, playing his first season of college golf, opened with a 38 on the front nine and finished with a 36 on the back nine. He had four birdies on the day and could have beat par had it not been for a triple-bogey on the par-4 No. 7 hole and a double-bogey on the par-4 No. 13.
"Brian makes us a much better team," Whitman golf coach Peter McClure said. "We've got some potential as a team."
Four other Missionaries shot in the 80s, led by freshman Kyle Buckingham's 81 and junior Brett Rawson's 84. Freshman Nick Dollar carded an 86, three shots in front of junior Dean Peterson. Freshman Kevin Kato finished at 94, while two more freshmen, Jake Graffe and Jared Burns, shot 100 and 128, respectively.
Monday, March 20
Whitman sophomore Brian Abelson shot rounds of 76 and 80 to finish in a seventh-place tie at the 36-hole Willamette Invitational Monday at the Creekside Golf Course in Salem, Ore.
Abelson, playing his first season of college golf, was just two strokes off the lead after Monday's first 18 holes. He remained in the hunt through the first nine holes of round two before fading a bit with a 42 on the final nine.
Willamette’s Martin Kraal fired back-to-back rounds of 74 to take medalist honors with a 148 total. That sparked the host Bearcats to the team title with a 619 total for their top four golfers.
Puget Sound was second with a 621 and Pacific Lutheran third with a 628. Whitman’s team score, a 677, was good enough for seventh in the eight-team field.
Others contributing to Whitman’s team score were freshman Kyle Buckingham, 83-84 167; freshman Kevin Kato, 93-80 173; and junior Brett Rawson, 93-88 181. Junior Dean Peterson shots rounds of 97-93 for a 190 total.
Sophomore Brian Abelson bounced back with a second-round 76 to finish tied for ninth at the Pacific Invitational Sunday at the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club's Ghost Creek course near North Plains, Ore.
Abelson carded a 36-hole score of 155, which was just two strokes behind a logjam of five golfers who tied for third place. Pacific Lutheran's Brian Misterek took medalist honors with a 148. Whitworth's Jordan Carter was the runner-up at 152.
Whitworth was first in the team scoring with a 613 total for its top four golfers in each round. Linfield was one stroke back in second place.
After posting a 348 team score in the opening round, Whitman finished its second round in 28 fewer strokes. With a 36-hole score of 668, the Missionaries placed seventh in the eight-school field.
Kyle Buckingham, a Whitman freshman, shot a second-round 79 -- trimming 12 strokes off his opening round score -- to finish at 170. Junior Brett Rawson combined rounds of 87 and 84 for a 171. Junior Dean Peterson also had a good second round, shooting 81 to finish with a 172. Freshman Nick Dollar carded a 192 for Whitman.
The Ghost Creek course is 6,451 yards in length with par set at 71. Sunday's low score, shot by a handful of golfers, was 74.
Saturday, April 1
First-year player Shawn Kelly shot a 98 and senior Mary Riegel was right behind with a 99 to pace the Whitman women’s golf team in Saturday’s opening round of the Northwest Conference Women’s Spring Classic at the Wildhorse Resort Golf Course in Mission, Ore.
Others scoring for Whitman were sophomore Tamara Carley 101, first-year player Caroline McCullough 118, and senior Michelle Ritzenthaler 119.
Whitman’s 399 team score had the Missionaries in fourth place headed into Sunday’s final round. Pacific was in first place with a 339, followed by Puget Sound at 347 and Linfield at 752. Whitworth was in fifth place with a 483, while Willamette fielded an incomplete team. Lewis & Clark and Pacific Lutheran did not send teams.
Puget Sound’s Emily Lau shot Saturday’s low score, a 79. Linfield’s Leslie Wheeler shot 81 and was in second place.
Sunday, April 2
Senior Mary Riegel managed a 102 despite high winds on Sunday to finish with Whitman’s best two-day score as the Northwest Conference Women’s Spring Classic concluded at the Wildhorse Resort Golf Course in Mission, Ore.
Riegel’s 36-hole total of 201 was three shots better than teammates Tamara Carley and Shawn Kelly. Carley, a sophomore, carded a 103 Sunday while Kelly, a first-year player, had a 106.
Christine Cleland, a junior, shot 101 on Sunday for Whitman’s best score of the day. Cleland did not play in Saturday’s round, however. Others playing Sunday for Whitman were first-year player Caroline McCullough 120, senior Michelle Ritzenthaler 128, and senior Liz Brown 142.
Whitman’s 36-hole team score of 830 placed the Missionaries fourth. Pacific was first at 711, followed by Puget Sound at 741 and Linfield at 752. Whitworth took fifth with a 967 total. Willamette fielded an incomplete team, and neither Lewis & Clark nor Pacific Lutheran participated.
Sunday, April 2
Junior Dean Peterson, freshmen Kyle Buckingham and sophomore Brian Abelson struggled against Sunday’s high winds to shoot 87 in the opening round of the Northwest Conference Men’s Golf Classic at the Wildhorse Golf Course in Mission, Ore.
Others playing for Whitman were freshmen Kevin Kato (88) and Nick Dollar (93) and junior Brett Rawson (98).
Led by Trever Phillips, who shot 73, Linfield took the first-round lead with a 307 team score. Jordan Carter shot 75 to pace Whitworth to a second-place score of 311. Pacific and Puget Sound were tied for third place at 321, five shots ahead of Pacific Lutheran. Next in line were Willamette at 335 and Whitman at 349.
The men’s classic concludes with Monday’s second round.
Monday, April 3
Sophomore Brian Abelson fired a 3-over 75 to pace Whitman as the Northwest Conference Men's Golf Classic concluded Monday at the Wildhorse Golf Course in Mission, Ore.
In slicing a dozen strokes off his opening round score, Abelson finished with a 36-hole score of 162. Freshman Kyle Buckingham shot 78 on Monday to finish at 165.
Whitworth's Jordan Carter carded a 4-under 68 on Monday to win the tournament with a 143, four shots in front of his two nearest competitors. Carter led Whitworth to a share of first place in the team score. The Pirates and Linfield finished with 590 team scores for their top four golfers in each round.
Whitman placed seventh with a 663 team score.
Freshman Kevin Kato shot 80 on Monday to register Whitman's third-best 36-hole score, a 168. Junior Dean Peterson was two strokes back at 170, after carding an 83 in the closing round.
Brett Rawson, a Whitman junior, made a huge second-round improvement. He shot 81 on Monday, 17 strokes better than his Sunday score, to finish at 179. Nick Dollar, a freshman, wrapped up his second round with a 91 to finish at 184.
Saturday-Sunday, April 22-23
First-year player Shawn Kelly shot a second-round 98 on Sunday to finish with Whitman's best individual score as the Northwest Conference Women's Golf Championships concluded at Aspen Lakes Golf Course near Sisters, Ore.
Kelly, who carded a 99 in Saturday's opening round, finished with a 36-hole score of 197. That was one stroke better than junior teammate Tamara Carley, who also shot 98 Sunday to go with a 100 on Saturday.
Christine Cleland, a junior, fired a 94 on Sunday -- Whitman's best round of the tournament -- but she was disqualified in Saturday's round after inadvertantly hitting the wrong ball on one of the holes.
Others playing for Whitman were senior Mary Riegel 105-107 211, senior Michelle Ritzenthaller 117-117 235, and senior Liz Brown 127-126 253.
In the team scoring, Whitman finished with a 36-hole score of 817 for its top four golfers in each round. That was good enough for sixth place in a seven-school field. The Missionaries shot 396 in Sunday's closing round, a 25-stroke improvement from the day before.
Pacific finished first in the team scoring with a 686, a whopping 34 strokes in front of second-place Willamette. Next in line were Puget Sound 731, Linfield 737, Pacific Lutheran 741, Whitman 817, and Whitworth 878.
Willamette's Whitney Ueno won medalist honors with a 155. Linfield's Leslie Wheeler was second at 160 while Pacific's Molly Lindbloom was third at 162.
Based on scoring from the NWC Fall and Spring Classics, as well as this weekend's championship tournament, Pacific captured the 2006 women's golf title with a total of 26 points. Puget Sound was three points back in second place, while Linfield took third with 19. Willamette was fourth with 16 points, followed by Whitman with 10, Pacific Lutheran with nine and Whitworth with two. Lewis & Clark did not field a complete at any of the three scoring tournaments.
Sunday, April 23
Dean Peterson paced the Whitman men’s golf team as the Northwest Conference Championship tournament got underway Sunday at Aspen Lakes Golf Course in Sisters, Ore. In the team scoring, Whitman finished day one of the two-day tournament in seventh place, eight shots ahead of Lewis & Clark and 17 strokes behind sixth-place Puget Sound.
Peterson, junior, fired an 81 to lead the Missionaries. Sophomore Brian Abelson was two shots back of Peterson with an 83, and freshman Kevin Kato was close behind with an 85. Junior Brett Rawson rounded out Whitman’s top four with a 91, leaving Whitman with a team score of 340 for day one.
Also competing for Whitman were freshmen Nick Dollar, 94, and Kyle Buckingham, 98.
Whitworth leads the 36-hole tournament after the first day with a 305. Andrew Parrot sparked the Pirates with Sunday's best score, a 70. Linfield and Pacific are five and six strokes back of Whitworth, respectively.
Monday, April 24
Sophomore Brian Abelson shot a second-round 81 to lead the Whitman men's golf team in Monday's second and final round of the Northwest Conference Championships at Aspen Lakes Golf Course in Sisters, Ore.
Abelson topped Whitman's overall efforts with a 36-hole score of 164. Dean Peterson, a Missionary junior, carded a second-round 86 to finish at 167.
Nick Dollar, a freshman, shot 85 on Monday, cutting nine strokes off his Sunday score to finish at 179. Kevin Kato, also a freshman, stumbled to a 96 in the second round and finished at 181.
Brett Rawson, a junior, shot 92 on Monday and was next in line in terms of Whitman tournament scores with a 183 total. Kyle Buckingham, another of Whitman's freshmen, had a good closing round, shooting 91 to shave seven strokes off his Sunday score and finish at 189.
Led by medalist Andrew Parrott, Whitworth won the the team scoring with 36-hole score of 614 for its top four golfers in each round. Linfield was second at 618 and Pacific third at 621. Other team scores were Willamette 632, Puget Sound 646, Pacific Lutheran 647, Lewis & Clark 674, and Whitman 683.
Parrott was first in the individual scoring with a 149 total, edging Willamette's Dave Eaton by a single stroke.
Based on scoring from the NWC Fall and Spring Classics, as well as this weekend's championship tournament, Whitworth won the 2006 men's golf title with a total of 27.5 points. Linfield was five points back in second place, while Pacific was third with 20 points. Willamette and Pacific Lutheran were tied for fourth with 14 points each, followed by Puget Sound with 10, Lewis & Clark with three and Whitman with one.