Lewis & Clark improves greatly upon last year’s NWC Fall Classic

Lewis & Clark improves greatly upon last year’s NWC Fall Classic

CRESWELL, Ore. -- Former Northwest Conference Fall Classic medalist Drew Groshong had the best showing for the Lewis & Clark Pioneers at this year's NWC Fall Classic. The senior placed ninth for the Pioneers, shooting back-to-back 76s and led them to a fourth-place team finish after Sunday's final round at Emerald Valley Golf Resort.

The Pioneers shot 611 and finished one stroke behind third-place George Fox.

At last year's NWC Fall Classic, the Pios placed seventh with Groshong finishing 12th individually. Now, Lewis & Clark will enter the final two events of the NWC's postseason series with five points instead of two. Teams get one point for every team they finish ahead of in the NWC Fall Classic and NWC Spring Classic, the latter of which is the next event.

Robert Wang, who led the Pios after Saturday's first round, placed 12th with a 74-79-153 total. Jacob Bell was one stroke back to place 13th with a 79-75-154, which was an 18-stroke improvement from his 2015 performance.

Playing in their first collegiate postseason event, freshmen Michael Bove and Brett Peterson both finished in the top 25. Bove was tied for 20th with a 77-78-155, while Peterson followed his day-one 81 with a 76 for a total of 157 and a 23rd-place finish.

Pacific Lutheran won the team title and Willamette's Trent Jones was the individual medalist after defeating PLU's Kyle Drugge in a playoff. Willamette was the team runner-up with a 605 followed by George Fox's 610.

Lewis & Clark will no longer play in this weekend's Whitworth Invite and will resume next spring.

First Round

Posted: Oct. 8, 2016

The Northwest Conference Fall Classic kicked off on Saturday at the Emerald Valley Golf Resort, with the majority of the Lewis & Clark men hitting under 80 strokes.

Sophomore Robert Wang hit his career-best round, with a 3-over-par 74. He is currently tied for sixth in the field. Drew Groshong looks to improve on his 12th place finish at last year's event, posting a 4-over-par 76 on day one, and is currently sitting at 12th place. One stroke behind, Micheal Bove hit a 77 and is in 18th. Jacob Bell finished with a 79 and Brett Peterson rounded the team score to 306, posting an 81. 

A cumulative score of 306 leaves the Pioneers tied for fourth place with the Linfield Wildcats and George Fox Bruins. One shot behind Willamette, and three behind Whitworth, Lewis & Clark returns to the green on Sunday.