Pioneers make up ground on final day to tie defending NWC champs

Pioneers make up ground on final day to tie defending NWC champs

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- A final-round 312 brought the Lewis & Clark Pioneers even with Whitworth for a third-place finish at the Whitman Invitational on Monday afternoon at Wine Valley Golf Club. Whitworth is the defending Northwest Conference team champions.

Lewis & Clark finished eight strokes behind second-place Pacific Lutheran in the event that George Fox won by eight strokes.

Freshman Michael Bove was Lewis & Clark's top finisher for the second time in three meets this fall. Bove shot 4-over-par 148 to place fifth.

Drew Groshong, who shot the Pios best opening-round score, finished in a tie for seventh after a 9-over-par 153. Groshong finished second at last weekend's Pacific Invitational to lead the Pios.

A final-round 77 moved Jacob Bell from 28th place to 14th with a two-day total of 157. Brett Peterson was 34th with a 164 and Robert Wang followed his first-round 77 with a 91 for 39th place at 168.



Chris Horton shot 178 and Kade McCoy had a 191. The pair was entered into the tournament as individuals.

The Pioneers compete this weekend in the NWC Fall Classic on Saturday and Sunday at Emerald Valley Golf Club in Creswell, Ore. Lewis & Clark finished sixth in last year's NWC Championship standings but improved in both the NWC Spring Classic and NWC Championship following a seventh-place finish in the NWC Fall Classic.

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