Logger Men Take Second, Women Eighth At NWC Fall Classic

RIDGEFIELD, Wash. – The Puget Sound golf teams wrapped up their respective fall seasons as the men's team placed second and the women's team placed eighth at the NWC Fall Classic this weekend.

The Logger men were just one stroke behind Whitworth for the team lead after the first day but the Pirates had a solid second day, shooting 2-under par, to pull away from the field for the team win. The Loggers fired a 302 (+14) on the first day and a 304 (+16) on day two to take second, just one stroke in front of Pacific Lutheran.

Derek Wilson led the Loggers on both days. He shot even par on the first day and was second in the field of 44 golfers. He went 2-over par on the second day to finish fourth in the tournament. Adam Bean was tied for fifth, as he was just one stroke behind Wilson with a 147 (+3) for the tournament. Bean shaved five strokes off his total from day one to day two.

Ricky Howard placed 22nd with a two-day score of 156 (+12) and Matt Kitto finished with a 157 (+13) to tie for 26th.

The women took eighth as a team with Ev Grier leading the way in 31st with a 202. Melissa Merrigan was just one stroke back of Grier as she finished with a 203 (+59) in 32nd. Madison Cox placed 35th and Molly Nelson was 38th. All four Loggers showed improvement from the first day to the second day, shaving 25 strokes off the team score.

The Logger men earned seven points in the standings for a Northwest Conference title. In the spring, all teams will compete again at the NWC Spring Classic and the NWC Championships to determine the team champion of the NWC. All teams earn points based on the number of teams they beat in the tournament.