Barton's even-par can't keep Whitman men from slipping to fifth

Brian Barton shoots a 72 Sunday, but Whitman's men slip to fifth at the NWC golf championships.

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KENNEWICK - Despite an even-par 72 from Brian Barton, Whitman College slipped from fourth to fifth as the Northwest Conference Men's Golf Championship Tournament concluded its two-day run here Saturday at Canyon Lakes.

Whitman posted a 313 team score for its top four golfers on Saturday, trimming three shots from its Friday score to finish with a 36-hole total of 629.

But Pacific, which trailed Whitman three shots after the first round, shaved 15 strokes on Saturday to squeeze past the Missionaries into fourth place with a 625 total.

Linfield shot 294 on Saturday to win the tournament with a 595 team score. Whitworth and Puget Sound were second and third, respectively, at 611 and 617.

Teams trailing Whitman in the final tournament scoring were George Fox 320-319 639, Pacific Lutheran 319-322 641, and Willamette 355-331 686.

Barton, who struggled to an 81 in Friday's round, toured Saturday's front nine in 1-under par, holing two birdies to offset one bogey. His back nine featured eight pars and a single bogey.

Linfield's Yutaro Sakamoto shot a 2-under 70 for Saturday's low score. Pacific's Max Bonk, who carded a 71, was the only other player to post a lower score than Barton in the closing round.

Despite his high score on Friday, Barton finished with a 36-hole score of 153, tied for eighth place.

Whitman's Peter Clark followed his round-one 79 with a 78 on Saturday, finishing in a tie for 13th at 157.

Andrew Welch, who was tied for seventh after shooting 77 on Friday, slipped a bit on Saturday with an 83.

With a 160 total, Welch finished one stroke better than teammate Geoffrey Burks, who followed an 81 in the opening round with an 80 on day two.

John Abercrombie shot his second straight 83 for a 166 tournament total.

Jonathan Standen, after posting one of Whitman's lowest scores (79) on Friday, struggled to an 89 on Saturday.

Whitman finished fifth in the season-long team scoring as well as in this weekend's tournament.

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