Whit Men's Golf Ties for Fourth in Final Conference Standings
News Release Date:
Sunday, April 22
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- In seventh place after a tough day in Saturday's opening round, the Whitman College men's golf team lowered its team score by six strokes on Sunday to finish sixth overall at the Northwest Conference Tournament at Canyon Lakes in Kennewick, Wash.
Whitman, which entered the weekend in second place in the season-long scoring, wrapped up the year in a fourth-place tie with Pacific Lutheran in the final standings.
Linfield shot a 303 team score on Sunday, finishing with a 596 total to win the tournament and wrap up the NWC title and the national tournament berth that goes with it.
Whitworth shot Sunday's low team score (301) and finished second in the tournament at 599. The Pirates also took place in the final regular season standings.
Puget Sound carded its second straight 303 team score to take third with a 606 tournament score. The Loggers also finished third in the final standings.
Led by freshman Scott Martin, who shot a 4-over par 76 on Sunday, Whitman had a 313 team score to finish with a sixth-place tournament total of 632. That was nine strokes back of fifth-place Pacific but two strokes in front of seventh-place Willamette.
"After finishing third at the Fall Classic and second at the Spring Classic, our goal was to win this tournament and the conference title," Whitman coach Peter McClure said.
"We obviously fell short of that goal, and we're disappointed, but we gained some valuable experience this year as to what it's like to compete at the top level. There are times when a person or a program suddenly becomes uncomfortable and tries too hard, and I think that's part of what happened to us this weekend."
"But we accomplished some of our goals this year, and we were in great position heading into the final tournament," McClure added. "We'll regroup, set some new goals and look forward to coming back stronger next fall."
Two other Missionaries broke 80 in Sunday's closing round. Junior Peter Clark shot 77 while sophomore Andrew Welch carded 79. Junior Geoff Burks completed the team score with an 81.
Sophomore Jonathan Standen also played for Whitman, shooting 87.
Martin tied for 15th in the final individual standings with a 36-hole score of 155. Clark was one stroke back at 156. Next in line for Whitman were Burks 160, Welch 165, and Standen 171.
Linfield's Alex Fitch claimed medalist honors with a 142 tournament total. That was five strokes better than Puget Sound's Nick Kelley.
Based on scores from the three NWC tournaments this year, Whitman's Martin was one of six players who earned spots on the All-NWC First Team. He was one of just two freshmen on the first team.
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