Wildcats Roar Back to Win Men's Golf Classic; Whitman Second

News Release Date:
Sunday, April 1, 2012

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- In fifth place after Saturday's opening round, Linfield leapfrogged four opponents on Sunday to win the men's Northwest Conference Spring Golf Classic at Wildhorse Golf Course in Mission, Ore.

NWC Men's
Spring Classic


Linfield shot a team score of 299 on Sunday to finish with a 36-hole total of 609, beating second-place Whitman by six strokes in the final tournament scoring.

Whitman, which started the day one stroke back of first-round leader Pacific Lutheran, carded a 315 team total on Sunday to finish at 615.

Whitworth, in third place after the opening round, held tight to third on Sunday, shooting 313 for a 616 total, one stroke back of Whitman.

Pacific Lutheran, after a 299 on Saturday, faded a bit with a 322 on Sunday, taking fourth in the final team scoring with a 621 total.

Other teams and final tournament scores: Puget Sound 304-322 626, George Fox 316-321 637, Willamette 313 328 641, Pacific 333-337 670, and Lewis & Clark 365-371 735.

High winds added to the challenge of Sunday's final round, Whitman coach and tournament host Peter McClure said.

"The first guys went out at 9:30 a.m. and by 11:30 a.m. the winds were pretty steady at 30 to 40 miles per hour," McClure said. "The winds slowly tapered off from there, but it basically blew all day."

Whitworth's Jesse Salzwedel claimed medalist honors, shooting even-par 72 on Sunday for a 143 36-hole score. Whitman's Scott Martin (70-76 146) was three strokes back in second place.

Whitworth's Stephen Plopper (69-79 148) was third while Pacific Lutheran's Dustin Hegge (72-77 149) took fourth.

Two more Linfield players, Alex Fitch and Taylor Klopp, tied for fifth at 150. Whitman's Geoff Burks was seventh at 152.

Team results from the Spring Classic count for 25 percent of the season-long scoring used to determine the final NWC standings and crown a conference champion.

By winning the Spring Classic, Linfield picked up eight points and moved into first place at the halfway point of the season scoring system. The Wildcats, who placed second at last October's Fall Classic, have a total of 15 points. 

Whitman, which was third at the Fall Classic, added seven points on Sunday to take over second place with 13 points. Puget Sound and Whitworth are next in line with 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Other team totals, based on the Fall and Spring Classic tournaments, are Pacific Lutheran 9, George Fox 6, Willamette 4, Pacific 2, and Lewis & Clark 0.

The NWC Championship tournament, slated for April 21-22 at Canyon Lakes in Kennewick, Wash., accounts for the final 50 percent of the season-long scoring.

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; holden@whitman.edu