Pioneers finish in seventh at the Northwest Conference Spring Classic

Pioneers finish in seventh at the Northwest Conference Spring Classic

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers shot a 333 to remain in seventh place to finish off the Northwest Conference Spring Classic at Olympia Golf and Country Club. The Pioneers' two-day 664 put them 12 strokes ahead of eighth place Pacific and 42 strokes behind sixth-place Linfield. Whitworth took home the title after a second day 292 to surge ahead of day one leader Pacific Lutheran by seven strokes. George Fox's Mason Koch earned the individual title with a day two two-over par 72 to move him up five places on the leaderboard.

Senior Jacob Bell led the Pioneers on day two with a nine-over par 79 to earn him 31st out of 43. Bell had a solid finish going only two-over his final seven holes. Robert Wang finished one spot behind Bell after a day two 83. Wang had a rough start to his round but finished well going two-over through his final six holes.

Freshman Grant Shimizu carded five pars en route to a second day 86 to put him in a tie for 34th. Matt Siemer improved on his day one total with an 85 to finish in solo 36th. Siemer was only three-over on the front but struggled on the back side as did many competitors. Kade McCoy was the only Pioneer to record a birdie en route to a five-over 40 on the front side but after some big numbers on the back McCoy finished in a tie for 37th after a round of 91.

Deeper Look

  • The Pioneers were sixth in the field in total number of pars with 75
    • Bell was tied for 12th overall in total pars with 20 
  • McCoy led the Pioneers with two birdies for the tournament
  • Wang and Bell were both four-over on par-3s for the weekend
  • McCoy was only one-over on par-5s for the weekend

Looking Ahead

The Pioneers take next weekend off before finishing out their season at the Northwest Conference Championships at Wine Valley Country Club in Walla Walla, Wash. on Apr. 27-28

Day 1

The Lewis & Clark Pioneers battled some tough conditions to place seventh out of nine teams at the Northwest Conference Spring Classic at Olympic Golf and Country Club. The Pioneers shot a team total 331 and are ten strokes back of sixth place Puget Sound. Pacific Lutheran leads the tournament with a first round 300 while Whitworth and Willamette are close behind with rounds of 304 and 305 respectively. Austin Darnell of Pacific Lutheran and Preston Roth of Whitworth lead the pack with two-over 72s. 

Senior Robert Wang was the top finisher for the Pioneers with a first round 82 which puts him in a tie for 26th. Wang had a hot start going even through the first but carded a triple and two double bogeys on the back side.

The back side of the course proved tough for many people. Jacob Bell also had a stellar front nine carding eight pars and one double to make the turn at two-over but shot a 46 on the back to finish with an 83 to put him in a tie for 29th. Freshman Grant Shimizu and senior Kade McCoy are also a part of the six-way tie for 29th with round one 83s. Both McCoy and Shimizu had 43 on the front and 40 on the back. Freshman Matt Siemer is in a tie for 37th after a round one 87. Siemer also struggled on the back nine after making the turn at only 5-over.

Deeper Look

  • Wang, McCoy and Shimizu each recorded a birdie
  • McCoy was even on the par 5s 
  • Bell is tied for eighth overall in total number of pars with 10