Missionary men settle for sixth at NWC Spring Classic

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BREMERTON, Wash. — Whitman College’s men’s golf team settled for a distant sixth-place finish here Sunday when the second round of the Northwest Conference Spring Classic was canceled due to inclement weather and course conditions at the Gold Mountain Golf Course.

Whitworth emerged as the tournament champion with a 291 score that the Pirates recorded on Saturday. Pacific Lutheran took second place, nine shots back at 303.

Linfield shot 306 for third place, followed by University of Puget Sound 310, Willamette 314 and Whitman at 326, 38 strokes off the winning pace.

Pacific took seventh at 332, Lewis & Clark followed at 349 and George Fox was last at 384.

Individual honors went to Ryan Kukula, a sophomore from Willamette, who shot a 1-under-par 71 on Saturday. Kukula also won the NWC Fall Classic last October at the Tri-Mountain Golf Course in Ridgefield, Wash.

This time Kukula was victorious by one shot over Whitworth’s Joey DeGroff and Jesse Salzwedel, who matched even-par 72 and tied for second place. Seth Nickerson of Pacific Lutheran, Ryan Nolan of Linfield and Oliver Rudnicki of Whitworth were knotted for fourth place at 73.

Andrew Welch was Whitman’s top player with a 6-over-par 78 that was good for a share of 14th place individually. Missionary Scott Martin was a stroke back at 79 and tied for 17th.

Daniel Hoffman shot 84 and was tied for 28th place, Geoff Burks shot 85 and was tied for 32nd place, and Jefferson Liu carded 88 and was tied for 37th to round out Whitman’s scorecard.

The Spring Classic counts for one-fourth of the conference’s overall golf title. The NWC Fall Classic also counted for one-fourth, while the NWC Championship, which Willamette hosts at the Oregon Golf Association (OGA) course on April 20-21, is worth one-half.

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