Pirate Men Move up to 2nd Place at NWC Golf

Pirate Men Move up to 2nd Place at NWC Golf

LAKEWOOD, Wash. – Whitworth University posted the best team score during Sunday's second round at the Northwest Conference men's golf tournament.  It was enough to move the Pirates into second place in the final standings, but not enough to overcome Pacific Lutheran for the tournament and league title.

A balanced team effort enabled Whitworth to post a team score of 293 on Sunday, but the Bucs were only able to gain one stroke on PLU after they trailed the Lutes by 15 strokes following Saturday's round.  Whitworth was able to surge past Willamette after trailing the Bearcats by nine strokes heading into the final day.

The final team scores were: PLU 287-294 – 581, Whitworth 302-293 – 595, Willamette 293-303 – 596, Linfield 306-295 – 601, George Fox 306-303 – 609, Whitman 311-312 – 623, Puget Sound 318-311 – 629, Pacific (Ore.) 318-318 – 636, Lewis & Clark 363-342 – 705.

Sam Stiles shot an even par round of 71 on Sunday and finished with a total score of 147 to tie four other players for sixth place individually.  Sam Hinton of Willamette (69-74 – 143) and Alex Plusquellec of George Fox (72-71 – 143) tied for the tournament's best score.  Hinton won medalist honors after a playoff.

Caleb Belton (76-73 – 149) and Keegan Loo (75-74 – 149) tied each other for 13th place.  Triston Hartfiel (76-75 – 151) finished in a three-way tie for 16th place.  Reilly Hegarty (75-78 – 153) was 21st overall.

Based on the results from this weekend's play, PLU and Whitworth also finished first and second in the final NWC team standings.  The NWC tournament counts as 50% of the total points toward league standings.  PLU won both the NWC Spring Classic (25%) and the NWC Tournament.  Whitworth was second in both events and fourth in the NWC Fall Classic.  Willamette won the NWC Fall Classic, but finished fifth at the Spring Classic and third in the NWC tournament to fall behind Whitworth in the final standings.

The final NWC men's golf standings are:
1.            Pacific Lutheran                 30 points (6-8-16)
2.            Whitworth                          26 (5-7-14)
3.            Willamette                          24 (8-4-12)
4.            George Fox                         21 (7-6-8)
5.            Linfield                                 19 (4-5-10)
6.            Puget Sound                      10 (3-3-4)
7.            Whitman                             8 (1-1-6)
8.            Pacific (Ore.)                      6 (2-2-2)
9.            Lewis & Clark                     0 (0-0-0)