Bearcats Move Up to Fourth Place at NWC Spring Classic

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

TACOMA, WASH. -- The wind was fierce and the weather was cold, but Willamette University was able to move up one spot at the NWC Men's Spring Classic, as the two-day event concluded on Tuesday, March 31 at the Chambers Bay Golf Course. Individually, Bearcat golfer Ben Bryant (Sr., Albany, OR/West Albany HS) tied for the low score of the second round with a 77 to finish tied for fourth place overall at 155.

All eight teams recorded higher scores on the second day, but Pacific University remained on top with a score of 618 (294-324). The University of Puget Sound took second place at 624 (308-316) and Linfield College was fourth, just one stroke behind UPS, with a score of 625 (300-325).

Willamette was fourth at 647 (317-330). The Bearcats shot one stroke better than Whitworth University each day to hold off the Pirates, who finished fifth at 649 (318-331). Sixth place went to Whitman College at 650 (320-330).

Pacific Lutheran University, which held third at 305 after the first day, recorded a much higher score of 347 on the second day and dropped to seventh at 652. George Fox University was eighth at 685 (333-352). Lewis & Clark College did not compete.

Winds with gusts of 35 to 40 miles per hour made low scores rare on the second day. Bryant and Marc Phillips from Puget Sound achieved the lowest scores of the day, both at 77. Only three other golfers registered scores in the 70s.

Max Bonk of Pacific won medalist honors by three strokes with an overall score of 147 (65-82). Alex Fitch of Linfield finished second at 150 (72-80) and Tim Andrew of Pacific was third at 151 (71-80). Bryant (78-77), Phillips (78-77) and Brian Barton of Whitman (75-80) shared fourth place at 155.

Bryant's solid play in both rounds, especially on Day #2, helped Willamette move past PLU and hold off Whitworth and Whitman. Other Bearcats who contributed to the team score were Tyler Robinson (Sr., Salem, OR/Umpqua Valley Christian School), Shane Adversalo (Jr., Honolulu, HI/University Laboratory School) and Taylor McKenzie (Fr., Hermiston, OR/Hermiston HS).

Robinson shot 162 for 36 holes, as he registered an 80 in the first round and an 82 in the second round. He placed 18th overall. Adversalo tied for 19th with three other golfers at 163. He carded a 79, followed by an 84. McKenzie shot 167 (80-87).

The Spring Classic makes up one-fourth of the overall NWC title. The Fall Classic also represents one fourth of the title, with the NWC Championship meet providing the final half. This year's NWC Championship is set for April 25-26 at Tokatee Golf Course in Blue River, Ore.

The Spring Classic makes up one-fourth of the overall NWC title. The Fall Classic also represents one fourth of the title, with the NWC Championship meet providing the final half. This year's NWC Championship is set for April 25-26 at the Apple Tree Golf Course in Yakima. Wash.

Current NWC team standings for the overall championship are: 1. Pacific, 15 points; 2. Linfield, 14 points; 3. Puget Sound, 13 points; 4. Willamette, 9 points and Whitworth, 9 points; 6. Pacific Lutheran, 5 points and Whitman, 5 points; 8. George Fox, 2 points; 9. Lewis & Clark, 0 points.

FINAL RESULTS

NWC Men's Spring Classic
Chambers Bay Golf Course
Par 71, Tacoma, Wash.


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Ben Bryant tied for the low score of the second round with a 77 and tied for fourth place overall at 155.

Ben Bryant tied for the low score of the second round with a 77 and tied for fourth place overall at 155.