OLYMPIA, Wash. – Whitworth University rallied to win the NWC Spring Golf Classic on Sunday at the Olympia Golf and Country Club, taking a major step toward winning the 2018-19 Northwest Conference men's golf championship.
The Pirates trailed Pacific Lutheran by four strokes after Saturday's first round, but posted a team score of 292 on Sunday to defeat the Lutes by seven strokes.
Whitworth now has 16 points in the NWC men's golf standings after winning both the NWC Fall Classic and NWC Spring Classic. Willamette and PLU are tied for second place with 13 points each. To claim the 2019 conference championship, the Bucs need to finish no worse than second place at the NWC Tournament April 27-28 in Walla Walla, Washington.
Hegarty (74-74 – 148) finished one stroke back of Koch. Phelps (77-72 – 149) was two strokes behind. Preston Roth tied for ninth place with a score of 72-80 – 152. Triston Hartfiel (81-72 – 153) tied for 12th position. Ryan Brown (74-84 – 158) tied for 26th place.
The final team scores were: Whitworth 304-292 – 596, Pacific Lutheran 300-303 – 603, Willamette 305-299 – 604, George Fox 314-304 – 618, Puget Sound 321-299 – 620, Linfield 315-307 – 622, Lewis & Clark 331-333 – 664, Pacific (Ore.) 344-332 – 676, Whitman incomplete.
The Pirates will tune up for the NWC Tournament next weekend at the Spring Thaw, hosted by Willamette at the Wildhorse Resort in Pendleton, Oregon.