BREMERTON, Wash. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers improved by 25 strokes in their second day of the Puget Sound Invitational, but it was not enough to pull them out of seventh place. The Pioneers finished the tournament with a two-day total of 661, 13 strokes behind Northwest Conference opponent Pacific. Scores for the men tended to be lower as they played a course the second day that offered much more room of the tee compared to their day one course. Jordan Brajcich and Austin Darnell, both of Pacific Lutheran, tied for first place with a two day total of 3-under 140.
The Pioneers were led by senior Jacob Bell who finished tied for 23rd with scores of 81-74-155. Finished closely behind was senior Robert Wang who had a seven-stroke improvement from day one to day two shooting 82-75-157. Freshman Grant Shimizu found himself having to chip out a lot on his second shots after struggling to find the fairway on the second day. He carded an 85-93-178. David Furman and Kade McCoy rounded out the top five for the Pioneers and finished with an 85 and 84 respectively, on the second day. Freshman Matt Siemer improved by 16 strokes from the first round carding a second round 2-over 73. Siemer competed as an individual for the Pioneers meaning that his score did not count towards the team total.
- Freshmen Siemer and Shimizu competed in their first collegiate tournament
- The Pioneers improved 25 strokes to finish just 13 strokes back of 6th place Pacific
The Pioneers compete at the George Fox Invitational on Oct. 6-7 at Gearhart Golf Club.
Lewis & Clark sits in seventh place after the first round of the Puget Sound Invitational. The Pioneers shot 343 as a team and sit 17 strokes back of fellow Northwest Conference opponent Pacific. Pacific Lutheran leads the tournament after firing 1-under as a team.
The Pioneers played a tough course today known for its narrow fairways, but tomorrow will switch to a course that offers much more room off the tee. This, they hope, will help to bring down their scores.
Making his collegiate debut, Grant Shimizu carded an 85 and sits in a tie for 33rd place. Coming in fourth for the Pioneers was senior David Furman who fired 95. Rounding out the top five for Lewis & Clark was Kade McCoy with 97.
Freshman Matthew Siemer also made his collegiate debut for the Pioneers and represented the team as an individual. Siemer had a rough start and struggled to find consistency in his game and currently sits in 38th place with a first-round score of 89.
Siemer and Shimizu made their collegiate debuts for the Pioneers
Bell leads the Pioneers with an 81 and sits in a tie for 25th place
The Pioneers tee off tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. for the final round of the Puget Sound Invitational.