Missionaries third at Spring Thaw


Whits to host Easter Invite

WALLA WALLA — The Whitman College men’s and women’s golf teams are zeroing in on the Northwest Conference Championships that are to be played April 26-27 at the OSGA Golf Course in Woodburn, Ore.

But before they head out for the regular-season finale, the Missionaries are hosting their own Whitman College Easter Invitational this weekend. The first round of the 36-hole event will be played Saturday at Veterans Memorial Golf Course and the second round will be held Sunday at the Wine Valley Golf Club.

Shotgun starts are scheduled for both days, with play commencing at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and at 8 a.m. Sunday.

On Saturday morning, prior to the collegiate players taking to the course, there will be a Whitman College golf fundraiser at Memorial that is being co-sponsored by the men’s and women’s golf clubs at Vets. The fundraiser, which begins with an 8 a.m. shotgun start, is a team best-ball competition with team and individual net and gross prizes.

Entry fee is $60 per player — $35 for those holding Memorial season passes — and proceeds will benefit the Whitman College golf programs. Those interested in participating can do so by calling the Memorial pro shop at 509-522-7059 or, better yet, stopping by the pro shop and filling out an entry form.

Also, all particpants will receive a 50 percent discount on their next 18-hole green fee.

For further information, contact Whitman men’s coach Peter McClure at 509-301-8506 (mcclurep@whitman.edu), women’s coach Skip Molitor at 509-301-8505 (molitore@whitman.edu) or Veterans Memorial pro Chris Repass at 509-522-7059 (cmrepass1@gmail.c...

BEND, Ore. — The Whitman College men’s golf team shot its second-best 18-hole score of the year here Saturday at the Broken Top Golf Course and found itself sitting in third place in a six-team field heading into Sunday’s second and final round of the Spring Thaw.

Ignited by senior Jonathan Standen’s best 18-hole score of the season, a 3-over-par 75, the Missionaries posted a 307 score that was 17 shots behind first-place host Willamette but just nine back of second-place Corban University heading into the final round.

“We’re looking for more of the same Sunday,” Whitman coach Peter McClure said following his team’s solid performance on Saturday. “We’d like to see three more scores in the 70s on Sunday, and that fourth score could be crucial.”

Missionary junior Scott Martin, who entered the tournament struggling to rediscover his short game, fired a 2-over-par 74 to set the pace for the Missionaries, and senior Andrew Welch, the Whits’ No. 1 scorer on the season, turned in a 76. Sophomore Daniel Hoffman rounded out Whitman’s scorecard with an 82.

“Jonathan (Standen) has his best score of the year and that really helped,” McClure said in assessing his team’s performance on the par-72 Broken Top layout. “Scott (Martin) has been trying to make some putts and he finally got it going, got the ball rolling in good fashion.

Welch’s 4-over 76 was “close to his lowest score of the year,” McClure said. And Hoffman’s 82 was on the verge of being an even better round.

“He had a great front side,” McClure said of Hoffman. “He’s trying so hard, and he couldn’t get it going on the back side. He had an eight on a par-5 and a double-bogey six on the par-4 17th.”

Willamette’s Ryan Kukula led the field of 22 with a sparkling 5-under-par 67 on a day that McClure described as ideal. Kukula was a comfortable four shots in front of Corban’s Zach Mode, the only other player to best par with a 1-under 71, heading into Sunday’s concluding 18 holes.

“It was nearly perfect,” McClure said of the playing conditions. “It was in the high 60s to low 70s with clear blue skies and plenty of sunshine. The wind was gusting just a little.

“And the course was ideal, really, with the greens rolling at about 10.5. They did a good job of setting it up.

“It can be a challenging course if you haven’t seen it before. At least we had the opportunity of seeing the course the day before.”


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