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Two Sub-300 Rounds Nets Third Place Tie for PLU

Two Sub-300 Rounds Nets Third Place Tie for PLU
PLU golfers with head coach Kris Swanson (center) prior to the second round of the Whitman Invitational.

Pacific Lutheran recorded consecutive sub-300 rounds at the Whitman Men's Invitational golf tournament, but in the increasingly more difficult Northwest Conference, that was only good enough for a tie for third place.

The Lutes following up Sunday's 292 with a 299 on Monday at the par 72, 6,760-yard Wine Valley Golf Club. The two-day total of 591, 15-over-par, tied Whitman for third place behind first place Whitworth and runner-up Puget Sound. Whitworth shot 287 and 289 for an even par 576, while Puget Sound had consecutive 293 scores for a 10-over 586.

Rounding out the team scores were Linfield, fifth with a 592, Willamette sixth with 613, George Fox seventh with 639 and Lewis & Clark eighth with 662.

"We are getting better every year," said third-year PLU head coach Kris Swanson. "We had a solid weekend and as we get more consistent I think we will do some great things this year."

Whitworth's Lyle Rudnicki shot back-to-back 69s to win medalist honors with a six-under-par 138. George Fox's Chris Lumsden shot 70-71 - 141 for second place, and PLU's Dustin Hegge was among a trio to finish with 142 totals, good for third place. Hegge, who tied Rudnicki for the lead after the first day, followed his 69 with a 73 for his two-under 142 total.

Justin Lee, a PLU freshman, finished in a tie for eighth place with scores of 70 and 75 for a 145, one-over-par. Rounding out the Lutes' scorers were Seth Nickerson with 75-76 - 151, Tim Livermore 83-75 - 158, Sevryn Modahl 78-80 - 158, and Ryan Fenton 82-78 - 160.

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