October 27, 2013

Whitworth Men Finish Fourth at NWC Fall Classic

OREGON CITY, Ore. – The Whitworth University men's golf team slipped two spots to close out the fall season with a fourth place finish at the Northwest Conference Fall Classic at Stone Creek Golf Club in Oregon City on Sunday.

Sophomore Oliver Rudnicki led the Pirates, tying with Pacific Lutheran's Seth Nickerson for eighth place with a two-day score of 73-77—150 on the par-72 course. Senior Jesse Salzwedel lowered his score by a stroke, finishing one stroke behind Rudnicki with a 76-75—151 score to finish 10th in the player standings.

Senior Stephen Plopper finished with a score of 77-76—153 to move up two spots in the player standings to finish tied for 12th. Sophomore Andrew Dodge (76-79—155) finished 17th in the player standings, while sophomore Tyler McQuilkin (80-78—158) tied for 23rd place.

Whitworth turned in a second round team score of 306, two strokes lower than Saturday's round, to finish with a total score of 302-306—608. The Pirates entered the final round in second place with a two stroke lead over Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran, but the Loggers and the Lutes both lowered their Sunday scores to move past the Pirates.

Willamette's Ryan Kukula earned medalist honors with a 67-76—143 score, finishing one-under-par overall. Kukula's teammate, Jacob Armelino, finished four strokes behind Kukula, with a 73-74—147 for second place.

Willamette maintained its lead on the nine-team field on Sunday, winning the Fall Classic with an overall score of 287-300—587. Pacific Lutheran jumped Whitworth and Puget Sound to finish second with a score of 304-292—596. Puget Sound finished third with a score of 304-302—606. Linfield followed Whitworth, finishing fifth with a score of 314-312—626. Lewis & Clark (323-312—635) finished sixth, while Pacific (327-337—664) finished seventh. Whitman (335-330—665) and George Fox (334-341—675) finished eighth and ninth, respectively.

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