Linfield Wildcats

April 26, 2014
'Cats sit in fifth, but third within reach
First-Day Results
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WOODBURN, Ore. – Three strokes are all that separate Linfield and two other contending teams in a tight middle-of-the pack cluster following the first round of play at the Northwest Conference Championship contested Saturday at Oregon Golf Association Course.
Linfield junior Logan Munson equaled his best round of the season with a 74. He shares fifth place, three strokes behind first-day leader Dustin Hegge of Pacific Lutheran. Ryan Kukula of Willamette is in close pursuit at 72, while Peter Mitzel of Willamette and Jesse Salzwedel from Whitworth are contending with matching 73s.
The Wildcats sit in fifth place with a team score of 315, but are just four strokes from owning third place heading into Sunday's final round. The outcome of the season-culminating tournament accounts for half of the points in determining the 2013-14 team champion. Pacific Lutheran is off to a smooth start, carding a 297 to open up a seven-stroke advantage over Willamette at 304. Defending champion Whitworth sits in third at 313, just a single stroke better than fourth-place Puget Sound. After Linfield, Pacific sits in sixth at 322, Lewis & Clark and Whitman are tied for seventh at 327, and George Fox is last with a 337.
Linfield senior A.J. Taylor holds a share of seventh place with a 76. Taylor Klopp shot an 81 to fall into a tie for 24th place, and Kevin Kawasaki registered an 84 to place him in a tie for 35th. Taylor Pirnke shot a 90, though his score was not factored into the Wildcats' team total.
Hoping to leapfrog Puget Sound for fourth place in the final season point standings, Linfield must overtake the Loggers when the team scores for the NWC Championship are counted and announced late Sunday. The all-conference team will also be announced.
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Logan Munson
Three strokes from the top