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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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The Linfield golf team struggled in the tournament in Kennewick, Wash., but it wasn’t entirely their fault. Despite the scores being higher than usual, the team still managed to place in the top half of the leader board, finishing fourth out of nine teams.
The weather was not on any golfers side in this tournament. As told by Junior Linfield golfer Logan Munson, “Both days had a constant 25 MPH wind, and the course was rock hard.” In addition to the wind moving their ball around which every way it felt while the shot was in the air, the solid ground made it very difficult for any golfer to pick the ball cleanly.
Munson was the highlight of the Linfield team, finishing tied for sixth individually due to playing a great round on his second day to make up for his mediocre first round.
“I played really well today (April 6),” Munson said. “I shot a 75 after an 82 yesterday.”
Only four players were able to keep each days score under 80, this greatly to the fact that the weather conditions were not ideal for playing golf. Seven over was the best two day combined score, coming from Whitworth’s Stephen Plopper who shot a 78, followed by a 75.
Linfield’s start golfer Taylor Klopp struggled to stroke the ball in the inclement weather. Klopp shot an 81 and an 82, staying consistent for the two days but not playing as well as he had wished.
Whitworth was the team to pull out the victory for the entirety of the tournament. The team shot a combined 618 or 42 over par. Willamette came in second, but not a close second. Whitworth had two of the top three scores, and didn’t have a single individual finisher above 17th.
The Wildcats will travel to compete in the Willamette Invitational on the weekend of April 5 and 6 at Broken Top golf course. There they will hope for a little better luck with the weather, which will hopefully show better scores for golfers and a higher team finish.
Drew Mahrt/ For the Review
Everything good must eventually come to an end. That was the story of the Linfield golf team this weekend, as they finish sixth of eight on March 8 and fifth of eight on March 9.
Junior Taylor Klopp was again the highlight athlete for the Wildcat golf team, shooting just four over par and finishing fifth individually. Klopp has been consistently a top tier player for Linfield this year, finishing in the top five individually in most of their tournaments.
Not a single player shot even or under par in the tournament, the lowest score being a 73, or two over par, shot by Puget Sound University’s Derek Wilson. Puget sound took the top two individual spots and also ended up winning the match as a team.
Another top-10 finisher for Linfield was senior A.J. Taylor. He finished tied for ninth place, shooting six over par with a 77.
Taylor has averaged about a 77 throughout his career her at Linfield, and has shown steady consistency when he does play. He has been out for the majority of the season due to injury.
Juniors Kyle Hargrave and Kevin Kowasaki have also been steady contributor for Linfield averaging 77.72 and 76.91, respectively. However, Kowaskaki had a rough round in his last match, shooting 12 over with an 83, and Hargrave did not compete.
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While the Wildcats only finished in third as a team, junior Taylor Klopp had a magnificent individual performance, shooting two under par for the tournament.
Juniors Kevin Kowasaki and Logan Munson also placed in the top-15, with a still very impressive score of 155 for the two days, finishing 11 over par.
Linfield has been on a bit of a hot streak over the past few weeks compared to their usual play. They placed second twice and third this past weekend.
Klopp was the only person who managed to finish underpar, and that was all due to his second day preformance. He shot even on the first day with a 72, and two under his second round, shooting a 70.
Kawasaki and Munson both shot the same on both days, keeping their play very consistent. They both shot 77 the first day, five over par, and 78 the second.
The second place individual finisher came from Pacific Lutheran University. While he did not finish in the top five after the first day, he came back the second and shot one under par, boosting him over all but Klopp.
While Linfield’s hot streak has slightly stated to cool, they still hope to keep up this level of play for the rest of the season. Including their first semester play, they have placed in the top three in all but one of their matches.
On March 8 and 9, Linfield will head out to Fircrest next weekend to compete in the University of Puget Sound Invitational, where they will look to extend their top three preformance streak.
Drew Marht/For the Review
The men’s golf team finished second at the Pacific Spring Tuneup at Quail Valley on Feb. 23.
Leading the team was junior Taylor Pirnke who got a 73 with 15 pars and one birdie. Pirnke was only 3 strokes away from the third place spot held by Pacific University player, Joshua Mau.
“We are so early into the season, today’s finish was a step in the right direction,” Pirnke said in an email. “Since we are coming off a long lay off, our performance was great today. As a team, if we just keep improving our games day to day, I believe we can have a great season.”
Other players were junior Kyle Hargrave who got seventh with a score of 74, followed by junior Taylor Klopp that got ninth with a score of 75.
“We all played pretty solid,” Kloop said in an email. “Our team us deep this spring and we hope to have some strong showings in the coming weeks. Overall, [we are] excited for this spring and to getting back after it.”
All together the team scored a score of 300 which was eight points away from the first place winners Willamette.
“I am looking forward to next week, when we start competing with the best teams in the conference at Tacoma,” Pirnke said in an email. “Overall today’s finish was a good momentum boost.”
The Wildcats will next play at the Pacific Lutheran Invitational at the home course on March 1-2.
Stephanie Hofmann/Sports editor