Willamette Finishes Sixth at Pacific Invitational

Puget Sound Wins Team Title

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

NORTH PLAINS, ORE. -- Willamette University finished in sixth place in the final team standings of the Pacific Spring Invitational, which concluded on Sunday, April 17 with the second round of the 36-hole tournament. The University of Puget Sound won the team title with a score of 594 for a 13-stroke margin of victory.

Puget Sound and Whitworth University entered the day tied for the lead with scores of 301 in Saturday's first round. On Sunday, the Loggers carded a team score of 293, while Whitworth added a score of 306 over the final 18 holes. The Pirates took second place overall with a score of 607.

Pacific University, which shot a 303 in the first round, matched Whitworth at 306 in the second round to claim third place in the final standings with a score of 609. Linfield College was fourth at 615 (313-302), while George Fox University placed fifth at 654 (341-313) and Willamette was sixth at 693 (348-345). Lewis & Clark did not enter a complete team.

Max Bonk from Pacific won the individual championship with an overall score of 9-under par 133. He shot 66 in the first round and 67 in the second round on the 6,451-yard Ghost Creek Course. He had two of the three sub-par rounds of the tournament.

Matt Kitto of Puget Sound, who took second in the final standings at 141, earned the other sub-par round with a 2-under 69 on Saturday. He shot a 72 on Sunday.

Third place went to Jesse Salzwedel of Whitworth at 146 (72-74). Alex Fitch from Linfield achieved fourth place at 148 (74-74). Yutaro Sakamoto of Linfield and Collin Wulff of UPS tied for fifth at 149. Sakamoto carded a 76-73, while Wulff had similar scores, but with more success on the first day, 73-76.

Willamette's top finisher was Jacob Simonson (Fr., Fairview, OR/Reynolds HS) at 163. He shot 85 on the first day, but improved by seven strokes for a solid 78 on the second day. He finished in 23rd place at 163.

Cole Clearman (Fr., Sammamish, WA/Skyline HS) completed the tournament at 173 (85-88), while Kyle Derby (Fr., Oakdale, CA/Oakdale HS) achieved a final score of 177 (87-90). Brendan Dineen (Jr., Portland, OR/Grant HS) finished at 180 (91-89).

Willamette will compete at the Northwest Conference Championship on Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23. The tournament will be held at Canyon Lakes Golf Course in Kennewick, Wash.

Pacific Spring Invitational
At Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club
North Plains, Ore.
April 16-17, 2011
Jacob Simonson shot a 78 in the second round of the Pacific Spring Invitational.

Jacob Simonson shot a 78 in the second round of the Pacific Spring Invitational.