First-Round Tournament Woes Dampen Men's Golf Hopes

News Release Date:
Saturday, April 21

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- It was a rough day on the golf links as the Whitman College men's team struggled to keep pace with a tide of low scores at the Northwest Conference Tournament at Canyon Lakes in Kennewick, Wash.

NWC Tournament
Round One

Whitman, which entered the weekend in second place in the season-long scoring, carded a 319 team score in the opening round and was in seventh place.

Peter Clark

With Alex Fitch shooting a 4-under par 68, Linfield was in place with a 293, or just 5-over par for its top four golfers.

Whitworth also broke 300 with a 298 while Pacific Lutheran and Puget Sound are tied for third with 303 totals.

Scott Martin

Next in line are Pacific at 311 and Willamette at 314. Teams trailing Whitman are George Fox at 325 and Lewis & Clark at 376.

Scott Martin and Peter Clark shot matching rounds of 78 to pace Whitman. Geoff Burks was one stroke back at 79 while Jonathan Standen completed the team score with an 84.

Andrew Welch also played for Whitman, shooting 86.

Pacific Lutheran's Dustin Hegge also broke par on Saturday, shooting a 3-under 69.

Sunday's first tee times are at 1 p.m.

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