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October 23, 2011

Hegge Wins NWC Fall Classic By Two Strokes

PORTLAND, Ore. - Dustin Hegge fired an even-par 144 over 36 holes to win medalist honors at the Northwest Conference Fall Classic men's golf tournament that concluded today at Heron Lakes Golf Club.

The tournament was played on the par 72, 6,491-yard Great Blue Course at Heron Lakes.

The PLU sophomore from Auburn shot a four-over-par 76 to go along with Saturday's four-under 68 for his 144. Hegge becomes the first Pacific Lutheran golfer to win one of the Northwest Conference's three "major" tournaments - NWC Fall Classic, NWC Spring Classic, NWC Championships - since Chris Packard won the 2007 NWC Fall Classic.

In addition, the tournament title was the second of the fall season for Hegge.

Puget Sound won its second consecutive NWC Fall Classic, adding a 305 today to Saturday's 288 to finish with a 593, 17 over par. Linfield was second with a 606 (298-308), followed by Whitman 612 (315-297), Whitworth 614 (312-302), Pacific Lutheran 617 (306-311), George Fox 633 (322-311), Willamette 641 (327-314) and Pacific 643 (317-326). Lewis & Clark had an incomplete team.

Puget Sound's Matt Kitto placed second with a 146 on rounds of 69 and 77. Whitman Scott Martin shot a 71 and Whitworth's Jesse Salzwedel carded Sunday's best score, a 69, to finish in a two-way tie for third with four-over par 148s.

Pacific Lutheran senior Daron Casey had one of Sunday's best scores, a 72, to end up with a 151 and a tie for eighth place. Other PLU scores were Auston Hilkin 163 (80-83), Alex Liljestrom 165 (85-80) and Tim Livermore 165 (79-86).

The NWC Fall Classic brings the fall season to a close. The Lutes start the spring season in early March.

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