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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.
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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