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October 3, 2011

Hegge is Medalist at Whitworth Invitational

SPOKANE - Dustin Hegge followed up Sunday's opening-round 68 with a 74 on Monday, and that was good enough for the Pacific Lutheran sophomore to win medalist honors by two strokes at the Whitworth Invitational held at Spokane Country Club.

Hegge, a sophomore from Auburn, carded a 36-hole total of 142, two strokes under par. He finished two strokes ahead of Puget Sound's Adam Bean, whose 71 on Monday was the day's best round.

By winning the tournament title, Hegge becomes the first Pacific Lutheran male golfer to take medalist honors at an invitational since Chris Packard won the UPS Invitational title at Fircrest Golf Club in March of 2008. During that same split season, Packard was also medalist at the Northwest Conference Fall Classic played in October 2007.

"Dustin was in control of all aspects of his game," head coach Kris Swanson said. "He left (last week's) Saint Martin's (Invitational) frustrated, but made the necessary adjustments this week and it paid off. He hit his driver well, was more committed with his irons and rolled the ball exceptionally well overall on the greens. He made one mistake today that cost him, but shot under par after that point. His confidence level is high."

Whitworth won the team title with a two-round score of 587, 11-over-par on the 6,653-yard, par 72 layout. The Pirates followed up Sunday's 296 with a 291 today. Puget Sound had consecutive 296 scores for a total of 592, followed by North Idaho College at 594 and Pacific Lutheran at 602. The Lutes carded a 305 on Monday after an opening-round 297.

Rounding out the team scores were Linfield in fifth with a 612, followed by Whitman at 613, Willamette 617, George Fox 680 and Pacific 693.

Following up Hegge on the PLU team was Auston Hilkin, who shot 74-79 - 153, good for a 16th-place tie overall. Other PLU scores were Tim Livermore 77-78 - 155, Daron Casey 81-75 - 156, Sam Hodge 81-78 - 159, and Scott Zhang 78-83 - 161.

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