LACEY, Wash. - With high winds making life difficult for the golfers, and knocking out power to the clubhouse, the Whitman College men's team was in fifth place after Saturday's opening round of the Northwest Conference Spring Classic at The Links at Hawks Prairie.
Two Whitman youngsters, sophomore Geoff Burks and freshman Andrew Welch, both carded 85 and were tied for 20th in the individual scoring.
Puget Sound was in first place in the team scoring with a 320 total for its top four golfers. Linfield was two shots back in second place.
Pacific was in third place at 328, one stroke ahead of Whitworth. Whitman is in fifth place with a 344 total. Next in line were Pacific Lutheran 349, George Fox 357, and Willamette 386.
With the par-72 course playing at 6,732 yards for the men, Pacific's Max Bonk was the only player to match par in the gusting winds.
Puget Sound's Matt Kitto shot 76 and was in second place. One of his teammates, Riley Conlin, shot 78 and was tied for third with Linfield's Senior Brian Barton and junior John Abercrombie both shot 87 and rounded out Whitman's team score.
Also playing for Whitman were freshman Jon Standen (88) and sophomore Peter Clark (91).
The Spring Classic concludes on Sunday with a second round of 18 holes.
The Spring Classic is one of three tournaments that determines the NWC championship. Whitman placed fifth in the Fall Classic last October at Juniper Golf Club in Redmond, Ore.
The regular season ends later this month with the NWC Championship Tournament, which counts for half of the season-long point totals.