ALOHA, Ore. – After sharing the first-day lead with Northwest Conference neighbor Linfield, the Willamette Bearcats surged past the Wildcats to capture Pacific Invitational by 12 strokes Sunday at The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club.
Strong winds and intermittent bursts showers peppered the golfers all day and course conditions proved less than ideal for all the teams.
With the weather playing havoc on the flight of the ball, not to mention players’ grip on the club, Linfield’s A squad saw its collective score bulge from Saturday’s 295-stroke effort to 316. Just one of the 10 teams entered in the event – Trinity Lutheran – saw its score decline from the first day to the second.
“The rain and wind definitely impacted scores,” said Wildcats junior Taylor Pirnke (Jr., Mill Creek, Wash.). “We are pleased with respect to our overall finish but a little disappointed we didn’t have a great overall day (Sunday).”
Jared Lambert from Corban University won medalist honors with a 36-hole score of 2-under par 142. Lambert shot a 68 in the first round to take the lead, and then added a 74 in the second round. Ryan Kukula of Willamette took second place at 70-74-144. Dalton Durrell of the Oregon Institute of Technology finished third at 73-72-145.
Linfield’s Kyle Hargrave (Jr., Clackamas, Ore.), Taylor Klopp (Jr., Eugene, Ore.) and Sam McClain (Fr., Tacoma, Wash.) all shot 78 on Sunday. Logan Munson (Jr., Wilsonville, Ore.) converted six birdies on his way to a 79. Kevin Kawasaki (Jr., West Linn, Ore.), who shot a glossy 71 on Saturday, fell back to 81 on Sunday. Pirnke was one stroke back at 82.
The B squad scored 323 - 336 – 659 to place eighth.
Six of the Northwest Conference’s nine schools participated, excluding Whitman, Whitworth and Pacific Lutheran.
COMING UP: Linfield returns to The Reserve Saturday and Sunday for the Culturame Classic, hosted by George Fox University.
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