Linfield Wildcats
March 02, 2014
Klopp reigns over soggy PLU Invitational
Final Results

DUPONT, Wash. – Continuing his hot start from Round 1, Linfield's Taylor Klopp (Sr., Eugene, Ore.) stroked a smooth 70 and finished with a total of 142 to secure medalist honors at the Pacific Lutheran Invitational, which wrapped up a damp two-day run Sunday at The Home Course.

Steady rain fell throughout Sunday's round. Klopp slogged his way through the downpour to record his best round, by far, of the 2013-14 season. Equaling a career low score, his 2-under-par 70 earned the Linfield junior the second medal and 24th top-five finish of his career.

Winning by three strokes over runner-up Seth Nickerson of PLU, Klopp balanced six birdies with four bogeys, netting birdies on each of the par-5 holes.

Klopp's stellar round couldn't save the Wildcats from slipping from second to third place in the team standings. Puget Sound edged Linfield by one stroke for second place, 613-614. The Wildcats saw their team score grow by 10 strokes from the first to the second round. Host Pacific Lutheran clinched the team trophy with a two-round total of 595.

“Our team struggled all the way around,” said Klopp. “From putting to the long game, we let the conditions get the best of us. This experience is something to build on. We know we have to shoot consistent scores and link together two solid rounds."

Besides Klopp, Kevin Kawasaki (Sr., West Linn, Ore.) and Logan Munson (Sr., Wilsonville, Ore.) turned in the lowest scores among the seven competing Wildcats, each carding 78 to tie for 13th place. Taylor Pirnke (Sr., Mill Creek, Wash.) shot 80, good for 16th, Grant Loriaux and Kyle Hargrave (Jr., Clackamas, Ore.) both scored 84 for a share of 22nd place, and Evan Kasberg, who played as an unattached individual, fired an 83.

“With the talent we have, there's no reason why we can't compete for a conference championship,” said Klopp. “Good things are going to come for us.”

NEXT: Linfield returns to the Tacoma area for the two-day Puget Sound Invitational, Saturday and Sunday at Fircrest Golf Club.

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