FIRCREST, Wash. - A beautiful spring day led to low scores as the Puget Sound Loggers found themselves atop the leaderboard following the first round of the play of the Logger Invitational on Thursday at Fircrest Golf Club in Fircrest, Wash. The Logger women hold a comfortable lead while the Logger men are tied with Linfield for the top spot.
In women's action, the Loggers were led by a seven-over 82 from junior Natalie Nakamine (Honolulu, Hawaii/Roosevelt). Sarah Bicker (Salt Lake City, Utah/Skyline) shot a nine-over 84th to tie for fifth as the Loggers placed five golfers in the top eight en route to a 341 team score.
Linfield sits second after day one with a 367, paced by a four-over 79 from Brinn Hovde and a five-over 80 from Brynn Hurdus. Pacific Lutheran is in third at 373, followed by Willamette at 432.
On the men's side, Linfield got a pair of one-under 70's from Tyler Nelson and Yutaro Sakamoto but the Loggers held down the next five spots as they shot a 298 on the first day to tie with the Wildcats for the team lead. Puget Sound was led by an even-par 71 from Marc Phillips (Boise, Idaho/Timberline). Collin Wulff (Albany, Ore./West Albany) shot a four-over 75 while Riley Conlin (Golden Valley, Minn./Breck), Jordan Hodge (Tucson, Ariz.) and Greg Kirkpatrick (Longview, Wash./Mark Morris) tied for fifth with a five-over 76.
Pacific Lutheran is third in the team standing with a 38-over 322 while Willamette is in fourth with a 338.
The 36-hold tournament concludes on Friday with the first group teeing off at 8:00 a.m.