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Lutes Win UPS Invite to Open Spring Season

Lutes Win UPS Invite to Open Spring Season

Contact: Mark Albanese, Director of Sports Communication


BREMERTON, Wash. - The 19th-ranked Pacific Lutheran University men's golf team knocked off the rust after a four month layoff, opening the spring season by winning the UPS Invitational on Sunday at the Gold Mountain Golf Club.

The Lutes finished the two-day event with a team tally of 584, holding a two-stroke edge on runner-up Olympic College. PLU tallied a 284 on Saturday before finishing the event with a 300 on Sunday to win the eight team event that featured five Northwest Conference schools.

"The guys had a great tournament and it was a nice start to our spring season," said Head Coach Kris Swanson. "We're back at the same course in a month with a lot on the line and this gave us a lot of confidence."

Mitchell Baldridge was the Lutes' top individual finisher, carding a 143 to finish tied for fourth. Baldridge opened the event with a one-under 70 before netting a 73 in Sunday's final round.

Kyle Drugge was seventh overall with a 144 (69-75) while Thomas Huddleston and Alex Nelson finished back-to-back in 11th and 12th places, respectively. Huddleston finished with a 147 (70-77) while Nelson was three strokes back, shooting a 150 (75-75).

Ryan Sturdivan was the fifth Lute among the Top 20, finishing tied for 17th with a 54 (77-77).

"Even though we won, the team felt they have a lot back today and is hungry to improve on that."

Olympic College's Hunter Hechtman secured top individual honors, finishing with a two-under 140 (70-70).

PLU competes against Saint Martin's University in a dual on Mar. 18 before heading to the West Cup in La Verne, California over spring break.