Wildcats weather the storm to finish second

Joe Stuart, Staff Writer

Despite poor weather conditions, the Linfield Wildcats men’s golf team finished second overall in the Lewis and Clark Invitational at the Heron Lakes Golf Club in Portland on Saturday.

As a team, the Wildcats shot 316 and 28 over par on the 72-par course. The 316 score was eight strokes behind the first place Willamette Bearcats and one stroke ahead of the host the Lewis and Clark Pioneers.

Mason Rodby, ’17, led the Wildcats. Rodby shot 74 on the day, four over par. His score was good enough to tie for sixth place with Pacific’s Kelekoilo Moore.

Linfield also saw strong showings from Kyle Hargrave, ’16, Lucas Balala, ’18, and Logan Davis, ’18.

Hargrave shot 78, six over par, and finished tied for 10th place. Balala and Davis each shot 81, nine over par, to tie for 21st place.

Michael Sullivan, ’18, Jackson Hval, ’19, and Mason Krieger, ’19, also competed for Linfield, finishing in 26th, 29th and 35th, respectively.

28 over was the best team score of Linfield’s season to this point.

Their second place finish was tied for the highest they have finished as a team. The other second place finish came during the Willamette Cup.

The Lewis and Clark Invitational was scheduled to have a second round on Sunday but was cancelled due to the poor weather conditions.

Linfield’s next tournament takes them to sunny La Verne, California for the West Cup at the Sierra La Verne Country Club on March 28 and 29.

Following the trip to California, they will participate in the Northwest Conference Spring Classic on April 9 and 10.