SPOKANE, Wash. – Taking time adjust to the quick rolls of Manito Country Club’s putting greens, Kevin Kawasaki (Jr., West Linn, Ore.) and the Linfield Wildcats shot a combined 320, occupying sixth place after the first day of the Whitworth Men’s Invitational on Sunday.
Kawasaki shot a 3-over-par 74 to share 10th place individually with Calvin Baty of North Idaho College. The two competitors trail first-day leader Dustin Hegge of Pacific Lutheran, who leads Puget Sound’s Adam Ben by one stroke.
“Kevin played very solid,” said Wildcats coach Greg Copeland. “He started slow but was able to get back close to par. He made some good punts.”
Linfield’s Taylor Pirnke (Jr., Mill Creek, Wash.) stands in a three-way tie for 21st place with a score of 78. Logan Munson (Jr., Wilsonville, Ore.) shot 81 to earn a portion of 33rd place. Two other Wildcats, Sam McClain (Fr., Tacoma, Wash.) and Justin Huckins (Sr., Bend, Ore.), scored 87 and 88, respectively.
“Taylor played pretty well. Overall we hit the ball decently, but didn’t putt all that well in places. We’re playing without some of our more accomplished players so the scores of our younger players are not entirely unexpected.”
Linfield is eight strokes behind Whitworth’s B squad for fifth place in the team standings, a margin that could be made up on Monday with a more polished short game.
“Today was a perfect day for golf. The course is not all that long and every hole is tree-lined with lots of water and sand,” said Copeland. “The quick greens are giving our guys some trouble. Some teams have handled the fast greens better than others.”
Action resumes at 9 a.m. at Manito Country Club.
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