Linfield Wildcats

Season Review

With a roster comprised primarily of juniors and seniors, Linfield justifiably its sights set on one of the top two spots in the Northwest Conference.

That was before injuries, inconsistency and inexperience intervened, dropping the Wildcats to fifth place in final NWC point standings.

"We had lots of new guys trying to fill roles," said Wildcats coach Greg Copeland. "Some of them had great outings and efforts, but they just weren't consistent enough."

All-star Taylor Klopp, four-year letterman A.J. Taylor, and juniors Kevin Kawasaki, Taylor Pirnke, Logan Munson and Kyle Hargrave enjoyed moments of brilliance followed by periods of futility.

"Based on their age, this was a veteran group, though not all of them were experienced," said Copeland. "Our guys played well, just not always at the same time. And that kind of inconsistency added up to finishing in fifth place."

Taylor was sidelined for the fall portion of the season, leading to a fifth-place team finish at the NWC Fall Classic. When play resumed after the winter hiatus, the Wildcats tied for fourth place at the NWC Spring Classic.

Munson tied for eighth place individually at the NWC Championships, Pirnke carded a 73 for one of the best single-round scores of the tournament, and Taylor shot a two-round total of 156 to tie for 16th place.

Other season highlights included Klopp's three-stroke victory at the Pacific Lutheran Invitational, Kawasaki's seventh-place showing at the Culturame Classic, and Munson's career-best round at the Spring Thaw.

For Klopp, the Wildcats' most effective golfer the previous season, 2013-14 was an up-and-down season. He ended his season with a 20th-place showing at the conference tournament.

"Taylor will tell you he did not live up to his own expectations," said Copeland, noting that his all-star was fully engaged with not only golf, but his studies in business and finance, fraternity obligations while also holding down a part-time job.

Though they did not see a lot of playing time, two freshmen – Sam McClain and Nate Pellatz – stood out as promising players for the seasons to come.