Multiple Pios improve on day one scores as team finishes in fourth

Multiple Pios improve on day one scores as team finishes in fourth

BANKS, Ore. -- Better conditions saw three of the four Pioneers shoot better rounds in day two as Lewis & Clark took fourth at the Boxer Spring Opener. The Pioneers shot a second-day team total of 344 giving them a two day total of 679, 34 strokes behind third-place Pacific.

Willamette took home the win shooting a two-day total of 582. Willamette's Andrew Kibbee took home medalist honors with a score of 69-75.

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Key Moments

Jacob Bell led the Pioneers with a two day total of 160, after a second day 82, to finish in 12th place overall. Kade McCoy improved by a stroke over his first day total shooting an 87 to finish in 17th. Grant Shimizu finished just one spot behind McCoy after a second day 85. Ben Welker concluded his first collegiate tournament with a three-stroke improvement over his day one score with a 90 to finish in 20th.

Deeper Look

  • Bell tied for first in the field in par-3 scoring (2.88) and was in the top-10 in par-5 scoring (5.17)
  • Welker recorded his first collegiate birdie
  • The Pioneers competed with only four golfers today so were unable to drop the lowest score 

Day 1

The Lewis & Clark Pioneers struggled through wet conditions in the first day of the Boxer Spring Opener to shoot a team total of 335. The Pioneers currently sit 14 strokes behind third-place Pacific, who is hosting the tournament. Willamette leads the field after shooting a 2-over 286.

Jacob Bell and Matthew Siemer currently lead the Pioneers after shooting a pair of 78s which puts them just outside the top-10. Andrew Kibbee of Willamette and Mac Turner of Puget Sound lead the pack after a pair of two-under 69s. Austin Davis of Willamette was the only other competitor to shot under par on the day recording a 70. 

Coming in behind Bell and Siemer, Kade McCoy shot an 88 which puts him in solo 17th. Freshman Grant Shimizu also finished the first day inside the top-20 recording a 91 which puts him in 18th. Sophomore Ben Welker, playing in the five spot for the Pioneers carded a 93.

Looking Ahead

The Pioneers have next weekend off before returning to play on Mar. 9-10 at the Puget Sound Invitational.