WALLA WALLA, Wash. – The Puget Sound men's golf team had a solid showing in its first outing of the season at the Whitman Invitational. Adam Bean was 2-under for the tournament to lead the Loggers to a second-place team finish at the Wine Valley Golf Course.
Bean saw a big improvement from the first day to the second. After firing a 73 (+1), he was 3-under on the second day to finish with a 142 (-2) for the tournament. He placed third as an individual, just four shots behind medalist Lyle Rudnicki of Whitworth.
As a team, the Loggers were the pictures of consistency as they were 5-over on both days of the tournament. The team score of 293 placed them in third after day one but Pacific Lutheran shot a 299 (+11) on the final day after shooting a 292 the day before, allowing the Loggers to leapfrog into second.
Derek Wilson finished sixth for the Loggers as he was 1-under for the tournament. With a 149 (+5) for the tournament, Matt Kitto was 15th. Quentin Morse shot a 74 (+3) on Sunday but shot an 82 today. Freshman Karsten Sladky fired a 78 (+6) today after starting his college career with an 81 yesterday.
The Loggers are back on the links in two weeks on Oct. 14-15 for the PLU Invitational at Chambers Bay.
The women's team also hit the links for the first time at the Whitworth Invitational in Spokane, Wash. The Loggers came in seventh as a team with Ev Grier leading the way in 32nd individually.
Grier shot a 197 to lead the squad. Melissa Merrigan was just two strokes behind Grier but had the best round for the Loggers with 93 yesterday. Molly Nelson and Madison Cox rounded out the Logger scoring and finished in 38th and 40th, respectively.
The women's team will not be back on the course until the NWC Fall Classic Oct. 27-28.