Freshman Dyar leads Whitman men to third place at Quail Valley

Monday, Sep 24, 2012

Dyar leads Whitman men to BANKS, Ore. — Whitman College freshman Evan Dyar of Spokane shot his second consecutive 1-over-par 73 here Sunday at the Quail Valley Golf Club and finished second in the Pacific University-hosted Boxer Classic men’s golf tournament.

Dyar’s 146 tally for 36 holes was three strokes behind medalist Taylor Klopp of Linfield, who followed up a first-round 71 on Saturday with an even-par 72 Sunday for a winning score of 1-under-par 143.

Jared Lambert and Zach Mode of Corban University finished two shots in back of Dyar and were tied for third place at 148. Lambert opened play on Sunday with a 70 that was good for first place at the halfway point, but he ballooned to 78 on Sunday. Mode shot back-to-back 74s.

The Missionaries placed third in the six-team field with a 36-hole score of 609. Whitman’s 304 total on Sunday was one shot better than its first-day total.

Corban and Linfield shared the top spot with 599 scores. Corban came from two shots back to tie the Wildcats on the second day.

Willamette shot 633 for fourth place, followed by Pacific 681 and Lewis & Clark College 699.

Whitman’s Geoff Burks, a senior from Edmonds, Wash., finished in a tie for seventh place at 151 with a 77 on Sunday after firing a 74 on Saturday. Missionaries freshman Daniel Hoffman (Los Altos, Calif.) was in a three-way knot for 14th place with rounds of 79 and 76 for a 155 total, and sophomore Scott Martin (Escondido, Calif.) was Whitman’s fourth counting scorer with 79-78—157 that left him alone in 17th place.

Freshman Connor Hood (Bellevue, Wash.) shot a non-counting 81-82—163 and tied for 19th place.

“Evan Dyar continues to prove that he can play at the highest level of the NWC,” Whitman coach Pete McClure said. “I’m sure it won’t be long until he wins a tournament.

“Evan shot par-36 on the front nine Sunday, carding two birdies and two bogies,” McClure added. “Then he birdied the 10th hole and was cruising along, making pars until be double-bogeyed the par-4 15th.”

McClure had similar praise for other members of his team.

“Daniel Hoffman’s 76 is the best tournament round of his young collegiate career,” he coach said. “He shows great maturity for a freshman, plus he always has a very positive attitude. He will continue to improve as he gets more collegiate tournaments under his belt.

“Geoff Burks was driving the ball well and hitting a lot of greens, but his putts just wouldn’t drop. But he though he was hitting his line and is confident that he will start making a lot of putts.

“Connor Hood was respectable with his 82, and he is getting more accustomed to playing at this level. And Scott Martin’s score was pushed up by a couple of mistakes and he’s eager to play Wine Valley this weekend.”

The Missionaries will host their own Whitman Invitational this coming Sunday and Monday at the Wine Valley Golf Course west of Walla Walla. Then it’s on to the Pacific Lutheran University Invitational Oct. 14-15 at the Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, Wash, before the Whits close out the fall portion of their schedule Oct. 27-28 at the Northwest Conference Fall Classic, which will be played at the Tri-Mountain Golf Club in Ridgefield, Wash.