Groshong finishes third overall in final tournament with Pios

Groshong finishes third overall in final tournament with Pios

TACOMA, Wash. -- Drew Groshong capped off his Lewis & Clark career with a third-place finish at the Northwest Conference Championship, completing Sunday's final round with an even-par 72.

Groshong's third-place finish is one of his best NWC postseason performances and the best ever at the NWC Championship, where he has now finished in the top 10 twice. Groshong won the 2014 NWC Fall Classic.

Sophomore Robert Wang, who was tied for fourth with Groshong after the opening round, finished two strokes back of Groshong. Wang took fourth overall.

"I really didn't hit the ball as well as I could have this weekend, but I was putting the ball very well, so when I did give myself birdie chances, I was able to convert and keep myself in the hunt," said Groshong, who held the lead as late as his final nine holes. "A key moment was starting off with birdies on my second through fourth holes to get off to a good start. That always builds confidence, especially after a day where I struggled yesterday."

The Pioneers finished fifth as a team, three strokes behind Linfield. Whitworth won the team title, while Mitchell Baldridge of Pacific Lutheran won the individual title after a one-hole playoff with Whitworth's Sam Stiles.

Groshong and Wang were named All-Northwest Conference First-Team.

"For Robert to finish fourth at this tournament and get first-team all-conference is great," said Groshong. "I couldn't be happier for him."

Michael Bove totaled a 163 in his first NWC Championship. The freshman hit 84 on Sunday and was tied for 27th place.

Jacob Bell was 38th with an 86-81-167, while Chris Horton posted 87-90-177 and placed 42nd.

Lewis & Clark finished fifth overall for the year in the conference. Pacific Lutheran took the overall championship, followed by Willamette and Whitworth in second and third, respectively. The Pioneers finished fourth at the NWC Fall Classic and sixth at the NWC Spring Classic.

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