Willamette Takes Seventh at NWC Championship Tournament

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

McKENZIE BRIDGE, ORE. -- Willamette University finished in seventh place at the Northwest Conference Men's Golf Championship with a 36-hole score of 650, as action concluded with the second round on Sunday, April 26 at the Tokatee Golf Club.

Linfield College won the team title at the NWC Championship tournament and also claimed the overall NWC golf title. At the tournament. Linfield registered a two-day score of 604 (303-301). Pacific Lutheran University took second at 613 (314-299), the University of Puget Sound was third at 615 (311-304), Pacific University finished fourth at 618 (306-312).

Whitman College placed fifth at 637 (315-322), Whitworth University was sixth at 644 (331-313), Willamette was seventh at 650 (327-323) and George Fox University took eighth at 670 (343-327). Lewis & Clark College did not enter at team.

Medalist honors were achieved by Max Bonk of Pacific University. He finished with a 36-hole score of 145 (70-75).

Three golfers tied for second place at 150. Tyler Nelson of Linfield carded 78-72. Kyle Spitzer of PLU also shot 78-72, while Brian Barton of Whitman shot 72-78. Tying for fifth place at 151 were Andrew Fitch and Yutaro Sakamoto of Linfield, plus Jason Casey of Pacific Lutheran.

The Bearcats' top finisher was Shane Adversalo (Jr., Honolulu, HI/University Laboratory School), who shot 81-79--160. Also for Willamette, Robbie Beard (Jr., Yankton, SD/Yankton HS) shot 162 (82-80) and Ben Bryant (Sr., Albany, OR, West Albany HS) shot 82-82--164.

Tyler Robinson (Salem, OR/Umpqua Valley Christian School) of Willamette carded 82-84--166. Taylor McKenzie (Fr., Hermiston, OR/Hermiston HS) shot 90-82--172 and Kevin Burfeind (So., Kalispell, MT/Flathead HS) recorded 90-91--181.

Linfield won the overall NWC golf title with 30 points in the standings. Pacific and Puget Sound tied for second with 25 points, Pacific Lutheran was fourth at 19, Whitworth placed fifth at 15, Willamette and Whitman tied for sixth at 13, George Fox was eighth at 4 and Lewis & Clark was ninth with no score.

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

NWC Championship
Tokatee Golf Club
Par 72, McKenzie Bridge, Ore.
Shane Adversalo led Willamette by shooting 81-79--160 at the NWC Championship.

Shane Adversalo led Willamette by shooting 81-79--160 at the NWC Championship.