Pioneers finish in fourth after day two of Willamette Valley Cup

Pioneers finish in fourth after day two of Willamette Valley Cup

SALEM, Ore. -- The second day of competition at the Willamette Valley Cup proved tougher for Lewis & Clark, but despite higher scores, the Pioneers remained in fourth place, finishing eight strokes better than NWC opponent Pacific. Willamette, the host of the tournament, took the team title with a two day total of 573. Willamette's Samuel Hinton took the individual title with two day total of six-under 138. Hinton totaled three eagles over two days of competition.

Freshman Grant Shimizu led the Pioneers in the second day of competition with a round of 79. His two-day score of 160 moved him into the top-20. Jacob Bell recorded a second round 80 to finish in a tie for 15th. Bell had a rough start to the day but turned it around with a birdie on his third hole and made the turn at only three-over.

Robert Wang started the day in a tie for sixth but fell to 13th after a day two 82. Wang recorded back-to-back birdies on his front nine but struggled to keep a couple big numbers off the card. Senior Kade McCoy also carded an 82, a new career-best. McCoy made the turn at three over, but went five over in his final three holes to finish at 10-over and move him to 30th overall.

Matt Siemer rounded out the top-five for the Pioneers with a second round of 84 to put him in 24th. Siemer recorded one birdie on the day. Ben Welker, playing as an individual carded a 94. Welker made the turn at four-over which is his best career score for nine holes.

Deeper Look

  • McCoy had a career-best round of 82
  • Shimizu had his second career top-20 finish, his first coming earlier this spring at the Pacific Spring Invitational
  • Wang led the Pioneers in birdies with five, putting him in a tie for sixth overall among the field for total birdies this weekend
  • Bell finished in a tie for sixth among the field in par three scoring (3.10)

Day 1

Senior Robert Wang led the Pioneers with a first round 75 to tie for sixth place as the Pioneers finish day one of the Willamette Valley Cup in fourth place with a team total of 314. The Pioneers sit seven shots behind third-place Linfield and are 26 shots behind first-place Willamette. Samuel Hinton of Willamette and Mason Koch of George Fox stand atop the leaderboard with matching scores of two-under 70. Willamette occupies five of the top six spots of the leaderboard. 

Wang started out his round with a bogey on the first hole but got a stroke back on the second to put him back at even. Only one over with two holes to play Wang carded a double bogey on his second to last hole to end with a round of three over.

Jacob Bell carded a six-over 78 to put him in a tie for 14th. Bell shot matching 39s for his front and back side and recorded a birdie on the par-3 17th. Matt Siemer finished day one in the top-20 after a rough start to the day. Siemer shot 43 on his first nine after recording a quadruple bogey on his first hole but he turned it around on the back side shooting a 37, highlighted by three bogeys in his final six holes. 

Freshman Grant Shimizu finished one stroke behind Siemer with an 81 to put him in a tie for 23rd. Shimizu also struggled on the first nine making the turn at seven-over but recorded only three bogeys on the back and finished with a birdie on his final hole. Kade McCoy rounded out the top-5 for the Pioneers with a first round 91 to put him in a tie for 32nd.

Sophomore Ben Welker played as an individual for the Pioneers today meaning his score did not count towards the team total. Welker finished only one stroke behind McCoy and currently sits in 34th place.

Deeper Look

  • Bell and Wang are tied for third in par-3 scoring (3.00)
  • Wang and Siemer each had three birdies apiece which puts them in a tie for fourth for most birdies in the field
  • The Pioneers 314 matches their best round of the season set on day two of the NWC Fall Classic
  • This is Wang's third time shooting 75 this season and matches the third-best round by a Pioneers this season

Looking Ahead

The Pioneers are off for spring break but return to competition at the NWC Spring Classic at Olympic Country Club on April 13-14.