PENDLETON, Ore. – Stephen Plopper's career-best round of 69 holds the individual lead on the opening day of the Northwest Conference men's Spring Classic on Saturday, giving Whitworth third place in a tightly-pack field at the Wildhorse Resort Golf Course.
Plopper's round of three-under gives him a one-stroke lead over Whitman's Martin Scott (-2, 70) and a two-stroke edge over Pirate teammate Jesse Salzwedel (-1, 71).
Pacific Lutheran leads a tightly-packed field of teams. There are four teams within five strokes of each other at the top of the standings. The team standings after the opening round are: PLU 299, Whitman 300, Whitworth 303, Puget Sound 304, Linfield 310, Willamette 313, George Fox 316, Pacific 333, Lewis & Clark 365.
The tournament concludes on Sunday. The NWC Spring Classic counts 25% toward the final league standings.