BANKS, Ore. -- In the second round of the Northwest Conference Fall classic Jacob Bell finished as the highest ranked Pioneer tying for 13th place with a total score of 148. This second round score lowered Bell's ranking from 10th on the first day.
"Jacob played solid on both days." said head coach James Yen. "Putting held him back but it is satisyfying to know we can improve on the bright side. The course was wet and in typical fall conditions format. Greens were not the best but everybody had to putt on them.
The next highest was Robert Wang tying for 32nd place with a total score of 154. In the second round Wang shot an 8-over-par 79.
Willamette lead the team standings followed by George Fox, Pacific Lutheran, and Whitworth.
The golf sesason will resume in the spring.
Jacob Bell is Lewis & Clark's day-one leader after the opening round of the Northwest Conference Fall Classic at Quail Valley Golf Course. The junior shot a 1-over-par 72 and is six shots off the lead.
The NWC Fall Classic is the first event of three that determines the conference team champion. Lewis & Clark is in eighth place.
Bell trails leader Trent Jones of Willamette, who opened up with a 5-under-par 66 to lead Pacific Lutheran's Mitchell Baldridge by one.
Robert Wang is in 18th place following a 4-over-par 75 and was Lewis & Clark's only other top-20 finisher. Spencer Long totaled a 79 and sits in 38th place, David Furman's 82 has him in 44th and Kade McCoy is in 45th place.
"I think we made a really big step forward as a team," said Bell about the day. "Robert threw up a good number and so did Spencer. Kade and David are starting to really play well and, thankfully, I was able to put up a solid round today as well. It's exciting to see our team really start to play well and we will be looking to play well tomorrow."
"Great day today for the majority," said head coach James Yen. "We are in eighth with an eye on fifth right now. Definitely an improvement from the start of the season so I'm optimistic about tomorrow."
The final round starts on Sunday.
Willamette leads the team standings by six strokes over Whitworth. Pacific Lutheran, George Fox and Linfield round out the top five.