Bearcats Set for NWC Championship at Tokatee Golf Course

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

SALEM, ORE. -- The Willamette University men's golf team will compete at the Northwest Conference Championship this weekend at the Tokatee Golf Course in Blue River, Ore. Action in the first round gets underway on Saturday, April 25 at 1 p.m. (PDT), with the second round set to begin at 7:45 a.m. on Sunday, April 26.

The NWC Championship tournament counts for one-half of the overall NWC team title. The NWC Fall Classic and the NWC Spring Classic each count toward one-fourth of the team title.

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.

Willamette placed fifth at the NWC Fall Classic last semester. The Bearcats were fourth at the NWC Spring Classic late last month.

WU Head Coach Steve Prothero has a pair of golfers who have shown their ability to place in the Top 10 against NWC opponents.

Ben Bryant (Sr., Albany, OR/West Albany HS) tied for third at the NWC Five-Way last fall with a 75 and placed fourth at the Willamette Invitational this spring at 150 (36 holes). Bryant tied for fourth at the Logger Invational and the NWC Spring Classic, both with scores of 155 for 36 holes.

Shane Adversalo (Jr., Honolulu, HI/University Laboratory School) tied for first with a 73 at the NWC Five-Way during the fall season. He tied for 14th at the NWC Fall Classic at 157 (36 holes) and tied for fourth at the Logger Invitational this spring at 155 (36 holes).

Linfield won last year’s NWC Championship tournament, held at Apple Tree Golf Club in Yakima, Wash. The Wildcats also claimed their first overall Northwest Conference title since 1964.

Ben Bryant of Willamette tied for fourth at the NWC Spring Classic in late March.

Ben Bryant of Willamette tied for fourth at the NWC Spring Classic in late March.