Bearcats Finish Sixth at NWC Fall Classic

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

SPOKANE, WASH. -- Willamette University finished in sixth place with a two-day score of 661 at the Northwest Conference Fall Classic in men's golf, held Oct. 21-22 at the Spokane Country Club. Linfield College shot 604 to win the team championship.

Chris Packard of Pacific Lutheran University won medalist honors, after shooting a 143 (69-74) during the 36-hole event. WU's top finisher was Shane Adversalo (So., Honolulu, HI/University Laboratory School), who carded a two-day total of 158 to tie for 18th overall.

Linfield's score of 604 (300-304) gave the Wildcats a four-stroke victory over Whitworth University, which shot 608 (311-297). Whitworth's 297 on the second day was the low score round of the tournament, as the Pirates picked up seven strokes on Linfield, but couldn't catch the Wildcats.

Pacific University took third place with a score of 611 (303-308). Pacific Lutheran finished fourth at 619 (305-314), the University of Puget Sound was fifth at 630 (316-314), Willamette placed sixth at 661 (328-331), Lewis & Clark College took seventh at 684 (346-338), Whitman College was eighth at 697 (353-344) and George Fox University was ninth at 715 (357-358).

Packard won the individual title by five strokes. Jordan Carter of Whitworth and Tyler Nelson of Linfield tied for second place at 148. Carter shot 76-72 and Nelson carded 75-73. Carters' 72 was the low score on the second day, while Packard's 69 led all golfers on the first day.

Fourth place went to Max Bonk of Pacific with a 149 (75-74). Fifth place was earned by Taryn Braseth of Pacific with a score of 151 (75-76).

Adversalo's 158 for Willamette included an 81 on the first day and a 77 on the second day. Although he tied for 18th overall, his 77 tied for the eighth-best score on Day #2.

Robbie Beard (So., Yankton, SD/Yankton HS) of Willamette trailed Adversalo by just one stroke to tie for 20th overall. Beard finished with a score of 159 (80-79).

Dave Bennett (Jr., Coos Bay, OR/Marshfield HS), Kevin Burfeind (Fr.) and Taylor Buchheit (Fr., Mt. Angel, OR/John F. Kennedy HS) also competed for Willamette. Bennett shot 80-88--168 for the tournament. Burfeind completed the two rounds at 87-96--183. Buchheit, who shot a 101 on the first day, improved by 12 strokes on Day #2 to record an 89 and finish at 190.

The NWC Fall Classic counts as one-fourth of the overall Northwest Conference championship. The NWC Spring Classic also counts for one-fourth, while the NWC Championship tournament counts for one-half of the overall title.

Shane Adversalo shot 158 for 36 holes to lead Willamette at the NWC Fall Classic.

Shane Adversalo shot 158 for 36 holes to lead Willamette at the NWC Fall Classic.