Men's Golf Starts Strong at PLU Invite

News Release Date:
Sunday, October 14, 2012

Seattle, Wash.- Playing in a field with all nine Northwest Conference golf teams, the Whitman men's golfers turned in a solid performace on the first day of the Pacific Lutheran University Invitational.

Geoff Burks, Sr.

With the back nine being played under a classic Seattle downpour, most of the Missionaries picked up their play. Senior Geoff Burks (Edmonds, WA) continued his torrid play with five birdies on the front nine as he carded a 1-over 73 to lead the team. First year Evan Dyar (Spokane, WA) wasn't far behind, as he played the last 13 holes 1-under to card a 77. Sophomore Scott Martin (Escondido, CA) and first year Daniel Hoffman (Los Altos, CA) rounded out the team scoring with a pair of 80's highlighted by stellar back nine's in the rain. Jordan Dickson brought up the rear with an 83, but his play steadily improved through the round after he started off the day by hitting into bunkers on the first four holes.

Burks, Dyar, Martin, and Hoffman's scores compiled Whitman's team score of 310, good for third place in the tournament, just 6 shots behind tournament-leading Pacific Lutheran. The Missionaries will look to build on their solid later-round play, and move up the scoreboard in the second round tomorrow. Said Head Coach Peter McClure, "The team really kept their wits, their focus, despite the worsening weather to finish strong."

The PLU Invitational is the golf team's final warm-up for the NWC Fall Classic, which counts for one fourth of the final conference standings. Last year, the Missionaries finished second in the Fall Classic en route to a 4th-place conference finish.