Willamette takes NWC lead after 36 holes

BLUE RIVER, Ore. — Led by the play of Rio Kuteira and Kris Hunt, Willamette took a three-stroke lead after two rounds during the 54-hole Northwest Conference men's golf championships at Tokatee Golf Course.

The Bearcats shot rounds of 299 and 288 to finish Monday's play with a 587 total, three shots better than Puget Sound (590). Pacific Lutheran was third at 595 after the first day and Linfield was in fourth at 608.

Kuteira shot rounds of 72 and 71 to finish at 1-under par 143 for the day, which tied him for second place, one shot off the pace. Hunt fired rounds of 72 and 73 for a 1-over 145.

The Bearcats' also got even-par 72s out of Cord Jonson and Paul Crisalli on Monday's second round. Jonson finished at 149 and Crisalli was at 152.

Linfield's Jeff Dunn was the individual leader after the first day with a 2-under 142 (73-69).

The teams will tee off at 8 a.m. Tuesday for the final round of the tournament.