WALLA WALLA - Andrew Welch, a Whitman College freshman, shot a 5-over par 77 and sits in third place after Saturday's opening round of the Northwest Fall Classic at the Juniper Golf Club in Redmond, Ore.
With all nine NWC schools competing, Whitman is in fifth place in the team scoring after carding a 339 for its top four golfers.
Puget Sound tops the team scoring with a 320 total. Linfield, Pacific and Whitworth are all tied for second place, 10 strokes back of the Loggers.
George Fox and Pacific Lutheran are tied for sixth place, just one stroke behind Whitman.
Playing in cold and windy conditions, senior Brian Barton shot 82 for Whitman's second-best score. He was tied for 11th.
Freshman Jon Standen with an 89 and sophomore Eli Smith with a 91 filled out Whitman's team score.
Sophomore Geoff Burks and senior Max Rausch are also playing for Whitman. They shot 92 and 94, respectively.
Pacific's Max Bonk is the day-one leader with a 1-over par 73. Linfield's Alex Fitch is three strokes back in second place, one shot in front of Welch.
The men's Fall Classic concludes on Sunday with a second round of 18 holes.
On the women's side with first-year players Katie Zajicek, Erika Zinser and Catelyn Webber shooting in the 80s, the Whitman women's golf team is tied for fourth place after Saturday's opening round of the Northwest Conference Fall Classic at Lost Tracks Golf Club in Bend, Ore.
Whitman and Puget Sound are tied for fourth with 348 totals for their top four golfers.
Whitworth leads the eight-school field with a 320 team score, eight shots in front of second place George Fox. Linfield is one shot back of George Fox in third place.
The Fall Classic concludes with a second round of 18 holes on Sunday.