PORTLAND - With freshman Scott Martin setting the pace, the Whitman College men's golf team was in fifth place - three strokes out of fourth - after Saturday's opening round of the Northwest Conference Fall Classic at Heron Lakes.
Whitman finished the opening round with a 315 team score for its top four golfers. The Missionaries were three shots behind Whitworth and nine shots back of third-place Pacific Lutheran.
Puget Sound took a firm grip on first place with a 288 team total. That is 10 strokes better than second-place Linfield.
Martin shot a 5-over par 77 and was in 12th place in the individual scoring. Pacific Lutheran's Dustin Hegge fired the day's low score, a 4-under par 68, and was one stroke in front of Puget Sound's Matt Kitto.
Whitman junior Geoff Burks shot 78 for Saturday's second-best Missionary score.
Senior John Abercrombie and sophomore Andrew Welch both shot 80 to complete Whitman's team score. Sophomore Jonathan Standen also played for Whitman, shooting 85.
The annual Fall Classic concludes today with a second round of 18 holes.
The tournament, which wraps up the fall golf season, counts for 25 percent of the team scoring used to determine the final season-long standings.