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Tough Second Day as Lutes Fall to Fourth Place

Dustin Hegge

MISSION, Ore. - After leading following the first day of the Northwest Conference Spring Classic men's golf tournament, Pacific Lutheran had a rough final round at Wildhorse Golf Course on Sunday and dropped to fourth place.

Linfield was the only team among the nine to improve on its first-round score and ended up winning the Spring Classic title. The Wildcats were in fifth place after Saturday with a 310, but they came back with a 299 today for a two-round score of 609, 33-over-par on the par 72, 6,620-yard course. They placed their four scoring golfers among the top 14 overall finishers.

Whitman placed second with a 615 (300-315), followed by Whitworth with 616 (303-313) and PLU with 621 (299-322). Rounding out the team scores were Puget sound 626, George Fox 637, Willamette 641, Pacific 670, and Lewis &Clark 736.

Whitworth's Jesse Salzwedel shot an even-par 72 on Sunday to go along with an opening-round 71 and won medalist honors by three strokes with his 143 total. Second place went to Whitman's Scott Martin with a 146 (70-76), followed by first-day leader Stephen Plopper from Whitworth at 148 (69-79) and PLU's Dustin Hegge at 149 (72-77).

Pacific Lutheran's Daron Casey finished in 12th with a two-round score of 154 (74-80), and rounding out the Lutes scoring were Scott Zhang 158 (76-82), Tim Livermore 164 (77-87) and Auston Hilkin 165 (82-83).

After the NWC Spring Classic, the second of the three conference "majors," Linfield leads the overall standings with 15 points, followed by Whitman with 13, Puget Sound 12, Whitworth 11, PLU 9, George Fox 6, Willamette 4, Pacific 2 and Lewis & Clark 0.

The last tournament of the season, the NWC Championships, will count toward half of the final totals used to determine the overall conference champion.

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