Welch leads Missionary men to seventh at NWC Championships

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WOODBURN, Ore. — Andrew Welch scorched the Oregon Golf Association Course on Sunday morning with a 2-over-par 74 on the final day of the men’s Northwest Conference Championships.

Welch opened the tournament on Saturday with a 9-over 81, and his 155 total for 36 holes gave him a share of 11th place in the field 43 and helped Whitman to a seventh-place finish among the nine participating schools.

Pacific Lutheran won the tournament with a 602 team score for two trips around the par-72 OGA course. The Lutes finished 10 shots in front of Whitworth and the University of Puget Sound, who tied for second at 612.

Pacific Lutheran also claimed the season-long conference championship with 29 total points. Whitworth moved from third place to second in the final standings with 26 points.

Whitman’s 650 score was good for seventh in the tournament and in the final NWC standings. Pacific shot 656 to finish eighth and George Fox was last at 683.

Whitworth’s Jesse Salzwedel claimed the individual medalist title with his second consecutive 1-over-par 73 Sunday for a 146 score and a one-shot victory over PLU’s Seth Nickerson. Nickerson also fired a 73 Sunday after posting an opening-round 74.

Welch’s 74 was the fourth-best score of Sunday’s round. He shared 11th place with Drew Groshong and Connor Laubenstein of Lewis & Clark, Ben Hayes of UPS, and Tim Livermore of PLU.

Whitman’s Scott Martin shot a 78 Sunday, a three-stroke improvement over his first-round score, and finished at 159 to tie Nick Johnson of Pacific for 22nd place. And Daniel Hoffman of the Missionaries carded his second straight 80 for a 160 score that was good for a four-way share of 24th place with Bearcats Esteban Rodriguez and Clark Wilson along with Josh Mau of Pacific.

Jonathan Standen was Whitman’s fourth counter at 176, good for a tie for 39th place with Matt Chun of Pacific. Standen shot 85 Saturday but slipped to 91 Sunday.

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