The men’s golf team played in the Willamette University Invitational the weekend of April 13, and played just about average. Playing on Broken Top golf course in “perfect conditions”, as Linfield sophomore Kyle Hargrave explained, the team placed third after both rounds.
Day one was a great one for junior Logan Munson, as he shot a career best 75. The smooth greens and dry climate definitely seemed to help Munson strike the ball well and clean.
Taylor Klopp and Kyle Hargrave had the two best round of the tournament for the Wildcats. Klopp shot a 78 on the first day but came back the second day with his eyes on the prize, shooting a 74.
Hargrave was a little more consistent, but still showed improvement from the first to second day. He shot a 77 on the first day and finished with a 75 on the second.
“I don’t think I played very well on the first day”, Hargrave said. “I just scrambled for a lot of pars. [April 13], I played better, but still missed a few birdie tries.”
While no one finished under par, everyone played fairly well. Linfield place in the top half of the standings for a second week in a row now and look to be getting back on track and regain the spark they had at the beginning of the season.
“We played pretty well, in great conditions and on a good course,” Hargrave said.
Linfield travels back to a Willamette home course on April 18 to play in the Willamette Cup at Tokatee golf course.
This will be the second weekend in a row that Willamette hosts an even, and the last weekend before the Northwest Conference Championship tournament begins. That tournament will be hosted on the weekend of April 26 at the Oregon Golf Association Golf Course in Woodburn, Ore.
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