Pioneers finish fourth at Capital City Match Play

Pioneers finish fourth at Capital City Match Play

SALEM, Ore. -- Drew Groshong's win in Saturday's semifinal round gave the Lewis & Clark Pioneers an early 1-0 lead against Corban, but on Sunday, the Pioneers didn't close out their match-up at the Capital City Match Play. Instead, Corban won 3-2 to advance to the championship pairing, while Lewis & Clark played for third at Creekside Golf Club.

In the third place pairing, Sierra Nevada swept the match and Lewis & Clark finished fourth in the tournament overall.

Michael Bove, Robert Wang and Groshong had the closest matches in the third place round. Bove lost 1&3 to Anthony Moncada, while Wang was defeated 2UP against Matt Morgan. Groshong, who had won both of his pairings prior to Sunday's final grouping, fell to Nick Yell, 4&3.

Lewis & Clark competes in two weeks at the George Fox Invitational.

Opening Round - Saturday

The Lewis & Clark Pioneers moved past the Northwest Christian Beacons, 3-2, to advance past the quarterfinals in the Capital City Match Play tournament on Saturday at Creekside Golf Club.

Lewis & Clark is paired against the host Corban Warriors in the semifinals, which were paused by darkness and will be resumed on Sunday.

Against NCU, Drew Groshong beat Josh Goins, 2&1, in the top match-up to go with wins by Robert Wang and Michael Bove. Wang defeated Jack Singleton, 3&2, while Bove was 1UP on Paul Smoot.

In the semifinals, only one match was finalized before the tournament was stalled, as Groshong beat Liam McClary, 6&5. Bove leads his match, but Corban is leading 3-2.

"A good day today for us," said Groshong. "We had a couple guys down in their morning matches who turned those and got us the win. This afternoon we've got one point on the board and with a good start in the morning and we'll have a chance to win that too."

The weather wasn't the most ideal for golf, as Groshong added the team had to deal with rain, hail and snow all at different times.

Jacob Bell lost 4&2 to Austin Dame, while Brett Peterson was defeated 2&1 by Levi Dean.

Groshong added the match play format was enjoyable for the Pios.

"It was something fun and different," said Groshong. "We've never done that so it was a nice change of pace. Plus, I like the competitiveness of being able to just compete against someone and think 'I'm gonna beat you.'"

Sunday's play is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.


Match play explained:

Unlike stroke play, in which the unit of scoring is the total number of strokes taken over one or more rounds of golf, match play scoring consists of individual holes won, halved or lost. On each hole, the most that can be gained is one point. When a player is up (winning) by more holes than there are holes remaining, then the match is won. This is when you see the final score of 3&2 for example. That means three holes up with two holes to play. The other player cannot win in this case.

Courtesy: Wikipedia and BBC Sport

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