Willamette Finishes Sixth at NWC Spring Classic

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

BANKS, ORE. -- Willamette University took sixth place with a two-day total of 679, as the Northwest Conference Spring Classic in men's golf concluded on Sunday, March 30 at the Quail Valley Golf Course. Pacific University won the tournament with an overall score of 592.

Pacific's was followed by Whitworth University in second place at 614. Linfield College was third at 618, with Pacific Lutheran University in fourth at 634 and the University of Puget Sound in fifth with a score of 639. Willamette followed in sixth, while Whitman College took seventh at 681. George Fox University was eighth at 705 and Lewis & Clark College placed ninth after scoring 769.

Medalist honors went to Max Bonk, who finished the 36 holes with a 3-under-par 141. Taryn Braseth, also from Pacific, claimed second place at 147. Jordan Carter of Whitworth was third at 149. Tyler Nelson of Linfield and Connor McCracken of Whitworth tied for fourth place with overall scores of 150.

The top finisher for Willamette was Ben Bryant (Jr., Albany, OR/West Albany HS), who concluded the event with a score of 157 to take 11th place out of 50 golfers. He shot a 75 on the first day and an 82 during the second round.

Grant Leslie (So., Bainbridge Island, WA/Bainbridge HS) carded a 173 (86-87) for the Bearcats. Robbie Beard (So., Yankton, SD/Yankton HS) shot 175 (89-86), while Kevin Burfeind (Fr., Kalispell, MT/Flathead HS) wound up at 177 (89-88).

Alex Bennett (So., Sammamish, WA/Skyline HS) of Willamette shot 183 (92-91). Dave Bennett (Sr., Coos Bay, OR/Marshfield HS), who recorded an 85 in the first round, withdrew prior to the start of the second round.

The NWC Spring Classic counts as one-fourth of the overall NWC men's golf title. The NWC Fall Classic also counts for one-fourth, with the NWC Championship providing the other half. This year's NWC Championship is scheduled for April 19-20 at the Apple Tree Golf Course in Yakima, Wash.

Prior to the NWC Championship, Willamette will return to the links on Thursday, April 10 at the George Fox Invitational #2. Action at the Chehelam Glenn Golf Club is set to begin at 10:30 a.m. (PDT).

Final Results

NWC Spring Classic at Quail Valley Golf Course

NWC Championship Standings (Through Fall & Spring Classics): Linfield 14, Pacific 14, Whitworth 14, Pacific Lutheran 10, Puget Sound 8, Willamette 6, Whitman 3, George Fox 2, Lewis & Clark 2.

Ben Bryant took 11th place at the NWC Spring Classic.

Ben Bryant took 11th place at the NWC Spring Classic.