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March 12, 2012

PLU Uses Borrowed Clubs, Shoots 316 in Texas

BLANCO, Texas - Playing with borrowed clubs because the airline temporarily lost theirs, the Pacific Lutheran men's golf team shot an opening-round 316 Monday at the TLU Intercollegiate Invitational hosted by Texas Lutheran University.

The Lutes are currently in seventh place in the 17-team competition, one shot behind fellow Northwest Conference school Linfield. Mary Hardin-Baylor leads the tournament with a 300, followed by Cal Lutheran, the only non-Texas school in the top five, is second after carding a 301. Rounding out the top five are LeTourneau 304, Concordia 308, and Southwestern 310.

Senior Daron Casey led the way for the Lutes with a 74, one stroke better than freshman teammate Tim Livermore. Casey is tied for seventh and Livermore tied for 11th in the 82-player field.

"Tim has been our best player this spring," PLU assistant coach Kellen Willis said of Livermore, the freshman. "He has really stepped his game up. He is growing into a quality player for our program."

PLU sophomore Dustin Hegge carded 83, followed by freshman Sam Hodge at 84 and senior Scott Zhang at 89.

Stayton Lindeman from Mary Hardin-Baylor is the leader at the halfway point with a one-under-par 71 on the 6,864-yard Vaaler Creek Golf Club layout.

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