LAKEWOOD, Wash. -- Three Lewis & Clark Pioneers finished inside the top-20 on the way to a team score of 326 in day two of the Puget Sound Spring Invitational. The Pioneers finished the tournament in eighth place beating out Olympic and Whitman. Dylan Christoff of Grays Harbor finished on top with a two-day score of 70-72-142 while Pacific Lutheran took home the team title after shooting 298-304 to best Grays Harbor by one stroke.
Matt Siemer paced the Pioneers with a 77 to follow his first day 74 putting him in a tie for 10th place overall and only three shots back of second place. Jacob Bell improved on his first day total to shot a second day 76 putting him in a tie for 17th. Robert Wang faltered a bit on the second day shooting an 81 to follow his first day 74 but still managed a top-20 finish. Freshman Grant Shimizu also saw improvement on the second day shaving off five strokes to a card an 82. Kade McCoy finished one spot back of Shimizu in 45th after a second day 87. Ben Welker rounded out the Pioneers with a second day 96 to finish in 48th.
- Siemer was playing as an individual meaning his score did not count towards the team total. Siemer's score of 74 was initially used to calculate the day one score for the Pioneers which put them in fifth with a team total of 312. After the correction was made the team's new score came out to 325 which put them in eighth to start day two.
- This marks Siemer's first career top-10 finish
- Shimizu's 82 ties his career-best round which he shot last fall at the NWC Fall Classic
- The Pioneers' rounds of 325 and 326 mark the team's third and fourth best rounds this season respectively
The Pioneers will compete in the Willamette Cup next weekend at Creekside Golf Club in Salem, Ore.
The Lewis & Clark Pioneers shot their best round of the season at the Puget Sound Spring Invitational with three players carding scores in the 70s. Only 14 strokes out of first place the Pioneers' 312 puts them in fifth place going into day two. Pacific Lutheran leads the pack with a first round 14-over 298. Dylan Christoffer of Grays Harbor carded the low round of the day with a 70. His one-under score puts him in first place, four strokes ahead of the six-way tie for second.
Robert Wang and Matthew Siemer carded identical rounds of 74 which puts them in the tie for second. Jacob Bell is just outside the top-20 with a first-round score of 78. Kade McCoy rounded out the scoring players with a 86 which puts him in 43rd. Grant Shimizu sits one place behind McCoy after a first round 87. Ben Welker finished the first day in 52nd after carding a 94.
- The Pioneers are only two strokes behind fourth-place Puget Sound
- Wang posted a season-low 74. His previous low score was a 75.