Barton Ties for 4th at Men's Golf Classic

News Release Date:
Wednesday, April 1

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- As most scores jumped on the second day of a golf tournament marked by poor weather, Whitman College sophomore Brian Barton held on Tuesday to tie for fourth place at the Northwest Conference Spring Classic at Chambers Bay Golf Club in University Place, Wash.

Brian Barton

On a day when 77 was the low score, Barton shot 80 to finish with a 36-hole score of 155.

Pacific's Max Bonk, who blitzed the field on Sunday with a 6-under par 65, skied to an 82 on Tuesday but still took medalist honors with a 147 total. Linfield's Alex Fitch was second at 150 with Pacific's Tim Andrew taking third at 151.

Paul De Barros

Paul De Barros, a Whitman junior, matched Barton's 80 on Tuesday to finish with a 163 total. Junior Steve Campbell and freshman John Abercrombie both shot 85 to give Whitman a second-round team total of 330, which tied the Missionaries with Willamette for fourth place in Tuesday's team scoring.

Pacific's top four golfers shot 324 on Tuesday and won the tournament with a 36-hole team score of 618. That was six shots in front of second place Puget Sound, which had the second round's lowest team score at 316.

Linfield, after shooting a 325 score in the second round, finished just one stroke back of Puget Sound in third place in the final tournament standings. Willamette, next in line with a 647 total, was followed closely by Whitworth 649, Whitman 650, and Pacific Lutheran 652.

George Fox was a distant eighth at 685 while Lewis & Clark did not send any golfers to the tournament.

John Abercrombie

Noah Jolley, a sophomore, shot 86 on Tuesday but posted Whitman's third best tournament total at 166. Abercrombie and Campbell finished with 36-hole scores of 169 and 172, respectively. Freshman David DeVine shot 91 in the second round and finished at 173.

The two NWC Classic tournaments, one in the fall and one in the spring, count for one-half of the scoring for the final conference standings. The NWC championship tournament, slated for April 25-26, counts for the other half.

Headed to that final tournament, the Whitman men are tied with Pacific Lutheran for fifth place with five points. Pacific leads with 15 points, one point in front of Linfield and two ahead of Puget Sound. Whitworth and Willamette are tied for fourth with nine points.

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
holden@whitman.edu; (509) 527-590