Whitman men's golf team competes in Hawaii

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KAHUKU, O’ahu — The Whitman men’s golf team, led by junior Scott Martin, dropped 20 strokes between Thursday and Friday at the six-team Aloha tournament.

Martin turned in a 1-under-par 71 on the George Fazio course at the Turtle Bay Resort on Friday. He shot an 83 on Thursday. Martin’s back nine was impressive, as he eagled the par-five 10th hole and birdied No. 12, 13 and 15.

Martin’s combined score of 154 placed him in a tie for 18th.

“Scott shot 32 on the back nine for the lowest nine-hole score I’ve seen since I’ve been coaching,” Whitman coach Peter McClure said.

Fellow Missionary Andrew Welch shot a 78 on Friday and finished with an even-par 36 on the back nine.

“A respectable score considering how he started,” McClure said of Welch.

Welch also led Whitman with a 79 on Thursday.

Dan Hoffman and Jonathan Standen fired an 88 and 89, respectively, to fill out the Whitman’s Friday scorecard.

“It might have been nerves, it might have been the demanding, highly-rated Arnold Palmer course at Turtle Bay, or it might have been playing against the University of Hawaii — a Division I school,” McClure said of his team’s struggles. “We just weren’t on our game.”

The Missionaries return to the links with the Northwest Conference Spring Classic at Canyon Lakes Golf Course in Kennewick on Saturday.

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