Whits' Campbell finishes three strokes back of leader

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MOSES LAKE -- Posting his second straight strong round, Whitman College senior Steve Campbell finished fourth -- just three strokes off medalist honors -- as the Northwest Conference Spring Golf Classic here concluded Sunday.

Campbell shot even par 72, Sunday's second-best score, to finish with a 36-hole score of 146.

Pacific's Max Bonk shot 71 Sunday and finished in a first-place tie at 143 with Whitworth's Cameron Whipple. Bonk then beat Whipple on the second playoff hole to claim medalist honors.

Linfield's Tyler Nelson finished third at 144.

Linfield had Sunday's best team score, a 297 total for its top four golfers, but finished the Wildcats placed second overall with a two-day total of 602.

Whitworth posted a 299 team score on Sunday and finished first with a 36-hole score of 592.

Whitman finished fifth with a 326 total after shooting 313 as a team for a second consecutive day. Puget Sound (611) and Pacific (615) placed third and fourth, respectively.

Rounding out the team placings were Pacific Lutheran, George Fox, Willamette and Lewis & Clark.

Sophomore John Abercrombie and freshman Geoff Burks shot 78 Sunday to finish at 158. Freshman Peter Clark rounded out Sunday's team score with an 85, which gave him a tournament total of 166.

Freshman Drew Raher and sophomore David DeVine also played for Whitman. Raher shot 86 on Sunday for a 168 tournament score while DeVine carded a final round 90 that left him at 169.

The Spring Classic was played at The Links at Moses Point (6,965 yards).

The Whitman men are slated to play next Saturday in a three-way match against Pacific and Whitworth. That match is set for Canyon Lakes Golf Course in Kennewick.

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