Pios finish one stroke behind second place at Pacific Invite

Pios finish one stroke behind second place at Pacific Invite

BANKS, Ore. -- Senior Drew Groshong matched his opening-round 70 and freshman Michael Bove improved by two strokes on his day-one 74 to help the Lewis & Clark Pioneers to a third-place finish at the Pacific Invitational on Sunday.

Groshong placed second with a 2-under-par 140 and was one of four golfers to finish even-par or below at Quail Valley Golf Course. He was one stroke behind medalist Sam Hinton of Willamette, which won the team title.

After the opening round, Groshong said the team's 294 was the best round the Pios had posted in his time at Lewis & Clark. The team bettered it on Sunday with a 293.

The Pioneers finished one stroke behind George Fox for second place. After Saturday's opening round, Lewis & Clark was seven strokes behind leader Willamette and one behind George Fox. The Pios shot evenly with the latter on Sunday.

Brett Peterson, a freshman, posted his best-ever collegiate round with a 74 on Sunday, giving him a two-day total of 153 and a 19th-place finish.

Jacob Bell dropped from ninth to 14th after shooting five strokes higher on Sunday. The sophomore was 1-over-par the day before and posted a 77 in the final round.

Robert Wang and Kade McCoy were fairly even on both days. Wang totaled 78-77-155 to place 22nd, while McCoy posted an 86-91-177 for 35th.

In two weeks, the Pios will compete at the Northwest Conference Fall Classic, which is the first of three postseason events for the conference title. Lewis & Clark will travel to Walla Walla, Wash. next weekend for the Whitman Invitational.

First Round

Posted: Sept. 24, 2016

Drew Groshong's 1-under-par 70 has the Lewis & Clark senior in third place, the same spot as the Pioneers sit in the team standings after Saturday's opening round of the Pacific Invite at Quail Valley Golf Course. Lewis & Clark is seven strokes off the lead.

Groshong is one of three Pios players in the top 12 as well as one of the only under-par rounds from the opening day. Jacob Bell is in ninth after a 1-over-par 72 and freshman Michael Bove finished the day two strokes back in 12th place.

"Today is a big step in the right direction for us," said Groshong. "We shot the best round as a team in my four years and people thought they could have gone even lower by fixing a couple mistakes, which is encouraging. By no means do we want to be comfortable with a third-place tie in this tournament, but encouraging for sure."

Willamette leads the event and George Fox is one stroke ahead of the Pioneers for second place. Lucas Balala of Linfield and Sam Hinton of Willamette share the lead, one stroke ahead of Groshong.

"A lot of teams shot well today, including us with a 294," said Lewis & Clark head coach Dave Andrews. "There were shots we'd like to have back, but we struck the ball quite good today."

Robert Wang is near the top 20 with an opening-round 78. He sits in 21st position, three slots ahead of freshman Brett Peterson, who shot a 79.

Kade McCoy, playing as an individual, is in 34th place after an 86.

The Pioneers are all in the first group to tee off in Sunday's final round. By 9:45 a.m., all six Lewis & Clark players will be on the course.