LACEY, Wash. - Overcoming early morning fog that swallowed up balls as soon as they left the club, the Puget Sound Loggers used a strong team effort to finish the first round of the St. Martin's Invitational in 13th place on Friday at The Golf Club at Hawks Prairie in Lacey, Wash.
Taking on some of the best small-college golfers on the West Coast, ranging from NCAA Division I to NAIA, Puget Sound started they day in thick fog, despite an hour-long delay to the start of the tournament, but the Loggers overcame their early challenges to post five strong scores. Senior Jordan Hodge (Tucson, Ariz.) led the way for Puget Sound, posting a two-over 74.
Senior Marc Phillips (Boise, Idaho/Timberline) fired a five-over 77 to sit in a tie for 45th-place among 99 golfers. Greg Kirkpatrick (Longview, Wash./Mark Morris) finished his first round of 2009-10 with an eight-over 80 while sophomores Riley Conlin (Golden Valley, Minn./Breck) and Collin Wulff (Albany, Ore./West Albany) fired nine-over 81's to tie for 72nd place.
Finished the first day with a score of 312, the Loggers sit in 13th place, two strokes back of The Academy of Art and one stroke ahead of Hawaii-Hilo, both NCAA Division II programs. The Loggers are also six stroke ahead of Northwest Conference rival Whitworth, as well as Simon Fraser, Northwest Nazarene and Dominican (Calif.). Western Washington leads the 19-team tournament with a four-over 292 while the Vikings' Sam Avotte fired a three-under 69 to lead the tournament following day one.
The St. Martin's Invitational concludes on Saturday with a shotgun start scheduled for 8:00 a.m.