Clunk ties for 18th at conclusion of NWC Fall Classic

Clunk ties for 18th at conclusion of NWC Fall Classic

WOODBURN, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers saw big improvements across the team as they competed in day two of the Northwest Conference Fall Classic. Both the men's and women's teams finished in seventh overall with Annika Clunk leading the way for the women and Alex Hong and Matthew Seimer leading the efforts for the men.

Clunk finished in a tie for 18th place, improving her score of 90 from day one of the tournament to 86 on day two.

Hong finished in the top spot for Lewis & Clark, improving his score of 77 to 75. Hong was followed closely by Seimer, who was only a stroke behind his total score for the weekend. Seimer shot 74 on day one and 79 on day two.

"I'm super proud of how to team responded from day one to day two this weekend." Said coach James Yen of the tournament. "The ladies did a great job of putting day one to bed and showing up and performing again on Sunday. And even though we've got a young men's team, I think we've set a good bar and know what we're capable of for the spring."

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Key Moments

Clunk had a strong second round of competition, playing steady at par for most of the round with a birdie on the 11th hole. Olivia Weaver and Qwynci Bowman both improved on their scores from day one of competition, with Bowman improving by 14 strokes. Ishaan Mohamed had the strongest performance of her career.

Hong was steady at par for most of the round and birdied at the 5th and 10th holes. With five bogeys, he finished seven-over-par. Seimer was close behind Hong, finishing with a total score of 153 to Hong's 152. Aside from a tough 14th hole, Seimer birdied on the 9th, 10th, 12th and 18th holes and was at par for six of the first nine holes.

"Our AD came to watch us tee off on day one and it was really cool for the team to feel appreciated in that way." Said Coach Yen. "All-in-all, it was a great weekend weather-wise and I'm really pleased with where this puts us for the spring. We know we can compete with some of the top players out there."

Day 1

The Lewis & Clark Pioneers are 11 strokes from fourth place and 21 out of the top three in the men's standings at the Northwest Conference Fall Classic at OGA Golf Course. Both teams are currently in seventh place after Saturday's opening round.

Matthew Siemer is in eighth place after his opening round 2-over-par 74. Alex Hong nearly gave the Pioneers two in the top 20 with a 77. He sits in 21st place. 

Annika Clunk is leading the way for Lewis & Clark in 20th place after her round-one 90.

Key Moments

Siemer birdied the fourth and 10th holes and was steady at par for most of the round. Hong followed two double bogeys on the 14th and 16th with a birdie on the par-3 17th. 

Clunk played bogey golf for the majority of her round and hit back-to-back pars on the sixth and seventh holes. Olivia Weaver had four pars during her first day, a 23-over-par 95. She was seven shots better on the back nine than on the front.

Ben Welker hit two straight birdies on the first two holes of the course and shot 5-over-par 41 on the front nine. He finished tied for 37th place. Grant Shimizu's birdie on hole 15 was his best of the day, and paired with nine pars, he shot 9-over-par and is tied for 30th place.

Deeper Look

  • Ishaan Mohamed had her best score of the year, finishing in 38th place
  • Mohamed birdied on four holes
  • Qwynci Bowman improved by 14 strokes, finishing her weekend in 36th place
  • Grant Shimizu birdied on the 18th hole and improved by two strokes form day one to day two
  • Ben Welker finished in 39th place while Eli Jamieson improved from 44th place on day one to 40th overall after day 2
  • The NWC Fall Classic is the first of three events during the academic year that determines the NWC champions
  • The teams will compete at the NWC Spring Classic and the NWC Championship in the spring
  • Playing in their first NWC Fall Classic, Qwynci Bowman and Ihsaan Mohamed are both 38-over-par and in 35th place
  • Bowman pared two holes and Mohamed took par on the 17th
  • Eli Jamieson is in 44th place after his first-round 14-over-par 86 and pared the 364-yard, par-4 15th
  • George Fox leads the men's standings by 11 strokes after a 7-under-par
  • Pacific Lutheran is in fourth place at 16-over-par, followed by Linfield (22-over-par), Whitman (26-over-par) and Lewis & Clark (27-over-par)
  • On the women's side, George Fox is well in front by 39 strokes after an opening-round 6-over-par 294

Looking Ahead

This concludes competition for the Pioneers this fall.