FIRCREST, Wash. – The rain just wouldn't quit.
Standing water, an unrelenting downpour and a hilly course combined for a challenging day for all participants at Saturday's Puget Sound Invitational.
As one of the eight competing teams, Linfield didn't adapt well to the poor playing conditions, sputtering to a team total of 319 to fall to sixth place. No Wildcat came close to making par and only two managed scores in the 70s.
Host Puget Sound set the pace with a 302 on the first day, followed by Pacific Lutheran's 309. Whitworth stood third at 311, Lewis & Clark was fourth with a 317, and Willamette was one stroke back at 318.
Taylor Klopp (Sr., Eugene, Ore.) was Linfield's most consistent golfer on the day, though last week's Northwest Conference Student-Athlete Golfer of the Week failed to log a single birdie, instead settling for 14 pars and four bogeys.
“It was the wettest round of golf I've ever played in my life,” said Klopp. “Every team struggled out there.”
In addition to Klopp's 4-over-par 75, Taylor Pirnke (Sr., Mill Creek, Wash.) turned in a 79 (tie for 16th place), Logan Munson (Sr., Wilsonville, Ore.) scored an 82 (tie for 27th), Kevin Kawasaki (Sr., West Linn, Ore.) shot 83 (tie for 30th), and Nate Pellatz struggled to a first-day score of 85 (34th).
Linfielder A.J. Taylor competed as an individual, scoring 77.
UPS's Derek Wilson led the field with a two-over 73.
Action continues Sunday morning.