Bearcats in Second after First Round of Willamette Invitational

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

(MEN'S GOLF) SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University held second place in the team standings with a score of 316 after the first round of the Willamette Invitational in men's golf on Monday, March 19 at Creekside Golf Club. The Bearcats trailed only Pacific University, which owned a commanding 16-stroke lead with an 18-hole total of 300. Willamette's margin over third place was just one stroke, as Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Puget Sound both ended the round at 317.

Other teams scores were Corban College and Linfield College tied for fifth place at 321, Central Oregon in seventh place with a score of 322, Whitman College in eighth at 351 and Lewis & Clark College in ninth at 357.

Individually, Dan Cashmere of Pacific was leading the medalist race after one round, with a two-under-par 70. Jason Carey of Pacific Lutheran was second at 74, with Taryn Braseth of Pacific in third at 75. Marc Phillips from Puget Sound was in fourth place with a 76. Tyler Robinson (Jr., Salem, OR/Umpqua Valley Christian School) was part of a three-way tie for fifth place with a 77. Also tied for fifth were Wade Douglas of Corban and Tim Andrews of Pacific.

Willamette ended the first round with three players shooting in the 70's. Robinson's 77 led the way, with both Martin Kraal (Sr., Springifield, OR/Springfield HS) and Ben Bryant (So., Albany, OR/West Albany HS) two shots back at 79. Shane Adversalo (Fr., Honolulu, HI/University Laboratory School) added an 81,while Grant Leslie (Fr., Bainbridge Island, WA/Bainbridge HS) finished the round with an 82. Robbie Beard (Fr., Yankton, SD/Yankton HS) recorded an 84 to round out the official team. Additonal golfers Dave Bennett (Jr., CoosBay, OR/Marshfield HS), who shot an 81, and Pete Hayward (So., Independence, OR/Sam Barlow HS), who shot 94, rounded out WU's individual scoring.

The second round was underway and expected to be completed despite increased rain and colder temperatures as golfers started the final 18 holes of the tournament. The first round was played with significant periods of sunlight and only limited rainfall.

Final results will be posted on Tuesday, March 19.