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April 9, 2010

Lutes Turn Focus to NWC Spring Classic

THIS WEEKEND: Pacific Lutheran Women at NWC Spring Classic, Apple Tree GC, Yakima, Wash., Saturday and Sunday; PLU Men at NWC Spring Classic, Moses Pointe GC, Moses Lake, Wash., Saturday and Sunday. 

WORK TO DO: There is still work to be done and the potential for lots of ground to be made up as the Pacific Lutheran golf teams enter the final two weeks of the competitive season. That's because this weekend's NWC Spring Classic, and the NWC Championships scheduled for April 24-25, count for 75 percent of the point total used to determine the conference team champions. In the NWC Spring Classic, like the Fall Classic held last October, teams are awarded one point for every team they beat in the tournament. Linfield won the nine-team men's Fall Classic and earned eight points for finishing ahead of the other eight teams. PLU, which finished ahead of Whitman, Willamette and Lewis & Clark, received three points. On the women's side, George Fox won the NWC Fall Classic for eight points, while PLU placed seventh and earned two points. This weekend's Spring Classic counts for 25 percent of the team total, while the NWC Championships count toward half of the available team points.

RECENT ACTION: The Pacific Lutheran men placed third at their own PLU Invitational, held March 27-28 at Tumwater Valley GC, with a two-round score of 302-309 - 611. Pacific won the team title with a 604, followed by Puget Sound at 607. Scott Zhang fired consecutive rounds of 74 to finish in a tie for second in the men's division, while Daren Casey finished in a tie for sixth place with a 152 coming on rounds of 73 and 79. Rounding out the PLU scoring were Brandon Peterson 156, Kyle Spitzer 157, Auston Hilkin 158, Barrett Stamps 159, and Kevin Englund 162.  Pacific Lutheran placed last in the four-team women's competition. George Fox shot impressive rounds of 329 and 325 for a 36-hole total of 654. Puget Sound finished second with 693, followed by Pacific with 722, and PLU with 758. Kara Herzog shot back-to-back 93s for a two-round total of 186 to lead the Lutes. Rounding out the PLU scoring were Mallory Mueller 189, Karina Shelton 191, Rachel Erickson 192, Kindra Stamps 200, and Kelsey Spears 207.

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