Pioneers climb to sixth after best round of the season

Pioneers climb to sixth after best round of the season

MCMINNVILLE, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers shot their best 18-hole round on the season to climb into sixth place at the Northwest Conference Fall Classic. The Pioneers started the day in seventh, one shot behind Pacific, but pulled out a 314 to secure sixth by 21 strokes. Leading the Pioneers today was freshman Matt Siemer who finished just outside the top-20 with a second-day score of 75.

Whitworth won the event by four strokes over Willamette and Pacific Lutheran's Jordan Brajich received medalist honors shooting even par 68-76-144.

Key Moments

Freshman Matt Siemer shaved six strokes off his day one total to shoot 75 and finish in 21st. Siemer carded two birdies on the back side to shoot even in his last nine holes of the fall season. Also placing in 21st was senior Jacob Bell who carded a 76. Bell's round was highlighted by a birdie on the par-3 17th followed by an eagle on the par-5 18th. Finishing just outside the top-30, Robert Wang shot an 81. Wang birdied three of the five par-5s but struggled on the par-3s, going 7-over on those holes alone. Freshman Grant Shimizu had the best turn around for the Pioneers from day one to day two shooting an 82 to shave off 14 strokes from his day one total. Shimizu stayed steady throughout the round recording only one double bogey and nine pars. Senior Kade McCoy finished fifth for the Pioneers with a score of 96. McCoy struggles on the par-5s but improved but shot two strokes better on the back side.

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Deeper Look

  • Bell finished tied for fifth in par-3 scoring (+1)
  • All five Pios recorded at least one birdie over the two days
  • Siemer finished tied for eighth in total number of pars (21) 

Looking Ahead

The Pioneers resume their season in the spring.


Day 1

The Lewis & Clark Pioneers are in eighth after day one of the NWC Fall Classic. The Pioneers shot 336 to lead Whitman by eight and sit one stroke behind Pacific. The Pioneers were led by senior Jacob Bell who carded an 80. Freshman Matt Seimer was next for the Pioneers finishing with an 81. Siemer had a tough stretch mid round going 6-over in seven holes but finished strong with a string of four straights pars. Robert Wang finished one place behind Siemer shooting an 84 and carding one birdie. Kade McCoy finished with a 91 but finished with five pars and a birdie. Freshman Grant Shimizu shot 96 highlighted by a birdie on his ninth hole but struggled down the stretch with some high numbers on his finishing holes.