Dyar leads Missionary men at Boxer Classic

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BANKS, Ore. — Whitman College freshman Evan Dyar shot his second consecutive 1-over-par 73 here Sunday at the Quail Valley Golf Club and finished second in the Pacific University-hosted Boxer Classic men’s golf tournament.

Dyar’s 146 tally for 36 holes was three strokes behind medalist Taylor Klopp of Linfield, who followed up a first-round 71 on Saturday with an even-par 72 Sunday for a winning score of 1-under-par 143.

Jared Lambert and Zach Mode of Corban University finished two shots in back of Dyar and were tied for third place at 148. Lambert opened play on Sunday with a 70 that was good for first place at the halfway point, but ht ballooned to 78 on Sunday. Mode shot back-to-back 74s.

Whitman’s Geoff Burks finished in a tie for seventh place at 151 with a 77 on Sunday after firing a 74 on Saturday. The Missionaries’ Daniel Hoffman was in a three-way knot for 14th place with rounds of 79 and 76 for a 155 total, and Scott Martin was Whitman’s fourth counting scorer with 79-78—157 that left him alone in 17th place.

Connor Hood shot a non-counting 81-82—163 and tied for 19th place.

“Evan Dyar continues to prove that he can play at the highest level of the NWC,” Whitman coach Pete McClure said. “I’m sure it won’t be long until he wins a tournament.

“Evan shot par-36 on the front nine Sunday, carding two birdies and two bogies,” McClure added. “Then he birdied the 10th hole and was cruising along, making pars until he double-bogeyed the par-4 15th.”

The Missionaries will host their own Whitman Invitational this coming Sunday and Monday at the Wine Valley Golf Course west of Walla Walla. Then it’s on to the Pacific Lutheran University Invitational Oct. 14-15 at the Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, Wash, before the Whits close out the fall portion of their schedule Oct. 27-28 at the Northwest Conference Fall Classic, which will be played at the Tri-Mountain Golf Club in Ridgefield, Wash.

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