BANKS, Ore. – Calling his team's return to competitive golf after four-month layoff a “good test,” Linfield junior Taylor Pirnke (Sr., Mill Creek, Wash.) was encouraged by the Wildcats' second-place showing at the four-team Pacific Spring Tuneup on Sunday at Quail Valley Golf Course.
“I played well and the conditions were pretty much perfect,” said Pirnke of Sunday's dry course and high overcast skies.
Pirnke enjoyed one of his best rounds as a collegian, carding a 73 to share fourth place, three strokes back of medalist Chase Lamothe of Willamette.
After reaching the clubhouse, Pirnke's scorecard revealed 15 pars and one birdie with just two bogies.
“My ball striking and putting were pretty solid,” he said. “Hitting greens and fairways help set me up for a lot of birdie looks.”
As a team, Linfield shot a crisp 300 on the mostly flat Quail Valley course. It marked the Wildcats' first competition since the Culturame Classic on Oct. 21.
Willamette won the Pacific Spring Tuneup with a team total of 292. Linfield's ‘A' squad scored 300 and the ‘B' squad totaled 318, earning fourth place among six total squads.
In addition to Pirnke's team-low 73, other scorers for the A group included Kyle Hargrave (Jr., Clackamas, Ore.) at 74 and Taylor Klopp (Sr., Eugene, Ore.) with a 75. Logan Munson (Sr., Wilsonville, Ore.) and Kevin Kawasaki (Sr., West Linn, Ore.) carded matching 78s.
Firing a 77, Grant Loriaux paced the B group, along with A.J. Taylor at 79. Sam McClain (So., Tacoma, Wash.) scored an 80 and Nate Pellatz had an 82. Thomas Arand rounded out the squad with an 86.
Evan Kasberg and Tommy Schmitz competed as individuals. Kasberg finished with a 79 while Schmitz shot 81.
“It was a good tuneup,” said Wildcats coach Greg Copeland. “All around, a pretty good day for golf in Oregon in February.”
NEXT: Linfield heads to Dupont, Wash., for the two-day Pacific Lutheran Invitational on Saturday and Sunday. The site of competition is the Home Course, located on the shore of the Nisqually Reach of Puget Sound.