UNIVERSITY PLACE - Pacific Lutheran was a courteous host, but that didn't stop the Lutes from running away with the team championship at its own invitational tournament that concluded Monday at Chambers Bay.
The Lutes backed up their opening round 304 with a three-over par 291 on Monday for a two-day total of 595 to win the PLU Invitational. Puget Sound, which had a 305 on Sunday, carded 303 on Monday and ended up in second with a 608.
Rounding out the team scores were Whitworth and Whitman with 624, Linfield 626, Willamette 638, PLU B 653, George Fox 657, Trinity Lutheran 680, Pacific 705 and Lewis & Clark 706.
Puget Sound's Andy Bean fired a 70 on Monday and won medalist honors with a one-under par 143. PLU's Dustin Hegge placed second with a 74-73 - 147, followed by PLU's Auston Hilkin with 74-75 - 149 and Whitworth's Oliver Rudnicki with 75-74 - 149. Rounding out the top six were Linfield's Tyler Klopp with 78-72 - 150, and PLU B's Tim Livermore with 78-73 - 151.
Pacific Lutheran's Sevryn Modahl carded the low round on Monday with a 69, 17 strokes better than his Sunday score, and his 155 total tied him for 14th place. Justin Lee shot 79-74 - 153 to tie for eighth and Seth Nickerson came in at 77-77 - 154 to tie for 12th to round out the winning PLU team.
"This team has come a long way in the last two seasons, they work hard and today finally saw all that effort pay off," PLU head coach Kris Swanson said. "They are extremely energetic and find ways to use that to their advantage in a positive way when it matters most. Couldn't be more happy for them and their breakthrough win."
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