SPOKANE, Wash. – Led by individual medalist Keegan Loo, the Whitworth men's golf team remained in contention for the 2018 Northwest Conference championship with a second place finish at the 2018 NWC Spring Classic on Sunday at Hangman Valley GC.
Loo shot back-to-back rounds of 71 for a final score of 142 (-2) to win the tournament by one stroke over George Fox's Alex Plusquellec (73-70 – 143). They were the only two players under par.
The Pirates head to the 2018 NWC Tournament two weeks from now in a pack of four schools with a chance to claim the title. Pacific Lutheran won the NWC Spring Classic and has now moved into first place in the league standings with 14 points, based on its finish this weekend and taking third at the Fall Classic last October. George Fox (second in the fall, third in the spring) has 13 points. Whitworth is tied with Willamette at 12 points each. The Pirates were fourth in the fall and second in the spring, while the Bearcats won the fall but fell to fifth place in the spring.
The final team scores this weekend were: PLU 299-299 – 598, Whitworth 299-301 – 600, George Fox 301-302 – 603, Linfield 313-299 – 612, Willamette 322-316 – 638, Puget Sound 322-324 – 646, Pacific (Ore.) 324-333-657, Whitman 330-331 – 661, Lewis & Clark 383-369 – 752.
Reilly Hegarty went into Sunday's round in second place. He finish in a tie for third with a score of 72-76 – 148 to give the Pirates a pair of players among the top five individuals.
The NWC Tournament will be in two weeks at Oakbrook Golf Club in Lakewood, Washington. That tournament counts as 50% of the final standings, and the overall tiebreaker. If Whitworth can win the 2018 NWC Tournament, the Pirates will at least tie for the NWC crown and claim the league's automatic bid to the NCAA DIII tournament based on the tiebreaker.
Before then, the Pirates will compete next week at the Willamette Spring Thaw at the Pronghorn Resort in Bend, Oregon.