Groshong, Pios finish sixth overall at NWC Spring Classic

Groshong, Pios finish sixth overall at NWC Spring Classic

BREMERTON, Wash. -- Senior Drew Groshong shot the third-best score of Sunday's final round at the Northwest Conference Spring Classic to finish sixth overall, his best-ever result at the event.

Groshong posted an even-par 71 to finish 6-over-par 148 for the tournament and moved from 14th place to sixth on the second day at Gold Mountain Golf Club. Prior to this weekend, Groshong's best showing at the NWC Spring Classic was as a freshman when he shot 162 and placed 16th.

Lewis & Clark moved up one spot in the team standings from Saturday to finish sixth. Combined with a fourth-place finish at the NWC Fall Classic, the Pioneers now have eight championship points in the three-event series that determines the NWC champion. The final event is the NWC Championship on Apr. 22-23.

Michael Bove, who was tied with Groshong for 14th in the opening round, fell to a tie for 26th despite only shooting three strokes worse on Sunday. He totaled 77-80-157. Robert Wang was eight strokes better in the final round, improving from an 82 to a 74. He placed 25th with a two-day 156.

Jacob Bell and Chris Horton ended the tournament with a 167 and 178, respectively.

Pacific Lutheran extended a one-stroke opening-round lead to win by nine over Willamette. Similarly, Mitchell Baldridge of PLU shot seven strokes better than Willamette's Trent Jones, the day-one leader, to win claim medalist honors. Baldridge finished eight strokes ahead of Groshong with a 2-under-par 140.

Linfield was third, Puget Sound was fourth and George Fox was fifth. Of those three, only George Fox had placed higher than Lewis & Clark at the NWC Fall Classic.

The Pios compete at the Willamette Spring Thaw next weekend for their final meet before the NWC Championship.

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