Welch Wins Men's Golf Medalist Honors
News Release Date:
Saturday, September 10
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Sophomore Andrew Welch fired a 1-over par 73 to capture medalist honors in a three-school golf match on Saturday at the Wildhorse Resort course near Pendleton, Ore.
Lewis-Clark State edged Whitman in the team scoring, however. The Warriors carded a 306 total for their top four, nipping Whitman by three strokes.
Warner Pacific was third with a 316 total.
Welch finished two strokes ahead of two LCSC players, Jordan Beveridge and Drew Reinland.
Welch had a birdie and three bogies for a 38 on the front nine and then finished the back side with three birdies and two bogies for a 35.
"When Andrew arrived back on campus in late August, he shot a 34 (nine holes) at Veterans Memorial while playing with some of his friends," Whitman coach Peter McClure said.
"He told me that he had been working on his game over the summer and had taken a lesson from one of the pros at his home course in Phoenix. The pro made some adjustments on his back swing and almost immediately Andrew felt he was back on the right track."
In Whitman qualifying rounds earlier in the week, Welch shot nine-hole scores of 40 and 36 at the Walla Walla Country Club, sandwiching those rounds around a 39 at Wine Valley.
"Andrew's game is continuing to improve," McClure said. "I think good things are in his future."
Whitman senior captain John Abercrombie shot 76 and was part of a four-way tie for fourth place.
Scott Martin, a Whitman freshman from Escondido, Calif., tied for ninth at 79.
Junior Geoff Burks and sophomore Jonathan Standen both shot 81 to complete the Whitman team score.
Cheney Doane, a freshman from Salt Lake City, shot a round of 80, although his score didn't count in the Missionary team total because he wasn't one of Whitman's designated top five.
Nathan Fisher, a freshman from Tacoma, Wash., also played his first competitive round for Whitman, shooting an 83.
"Overall, our team has been doing very well to start our fall season," McClure said.
In the past week's qualifying, Abercrombie and Burks both shot three rounds of 38. Standen shot 41, 40 and 37.
The three freshmen also had solid qualifying rounds: Martin (41, 41, 35), Doane (44, 38, 35), and Fisher (44, 43, 42).
Next up for the Whitman men's team is the Pacific Invitational, slated for Sept. 24-25, at Quail Valley in Banks, Ore.
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