Willamette Takes Fifth Place at NWC Fall Classic

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

KENNEWICK, WASH. -- The Willamette University men's golf team finished in fifth place with a 36-hole score of 633 at the Northwest Conference Fall Classic, which concluded on Sunday, Oct. 19 at the Canyon Lakes Golf Course. Linfield College earned the team title with a score of 596.

Medalist honors went to Brian Barton of Whitman College, who carded a 70-72--142 during the two-day event. He won the individual championship by three strokes over Tyler Nelson from Linfield, who shot 72-73--145.

Ben Wright from Pacific University was third overall with a score of 146. His 69 on the first day was the low round of the tournament. He shot a 77 on the second day. Fourth place went to Max Bonk of Pacific at 147 (75-72) and fifth lace was secured by Andrew Fitch of Linfield at 149 (75-74).

Willamette's top golfer was Shane Adversalo (Jr., Honolulu, HI/University Laboratory School) with rounds of 77 and 80 for a 157 total. He tied for 14th place after moving up one spot on the second day. Taylor McKenzie (Fr., Hermiston, OR/Hermiston HS) finished 20th at 160 (78-82).

Other WU competitors at the tournament were Tyler Robinson (Sr., Salem, OR/Umpqua Valley Christian School), Ben Bryant (Sr., Albany, OR/West Albany HS), Robbie Beard (Jr., Yankton, SD/Yankton HS) and Kevin Burfeind (So., Kalispell, MT/Flathead HS). Robinson shot an 86 in the first round, but led Willamette in the second round with a 75, as he finished at 161.

Bryant also improved on the second day, as he went from an 84 over the first 18 holes to a 79 for the final round. Beard shot 79-84--163 and Burfeind recorded 83-91--174. All six golfers for Willamette had at least one round count toward the team score.

Linfield trailed Pacific by one stroke after the first day, but gained four strokes over the final 18 holes to win the team title at 596. Pacific was second at 599 and the University of Puget Sound was third at 618.

Whitworth University was fourth at 631, with Willamette in fifth at 633 . The Bearcats trailed Whitworth by 10 strokes at the end of the first round, but gained eight strokes during the second round and almost rallied past the Pirates.

Pacific Lutheran University placed sixth at 645, with Whitman one stroke behind in seventh place at 646. George Fox University took eighth with a team score of 652. Lewis & Clark College did not compete in the tournament.

The Fall Classic makes up one-fourth of the overall NWC title. The Spring Classic represents another fourth of the title, with the NWC Championship meet providing the final half.

NWC Men's Golf Fall Classic
Kennewick, Wash. (Canyon Lakes Golf Course)
Shane Adversalo tied for 14th at the NWC Fall Classic.

Shane Adversalo tied for 14th at the NWC Fall Classic.