Logger Men Place Two On All-NWC, Women See Dramatic Improvement To End 2012

Logger Men Place Two On All-NWC, Women See Dramatic Improvement To End 2012

KENNEWICK, Wash. – Nick Kelley earned All-NWC First Team honors as he finished second overall at the NWC Championships on Sunday at Canyon Lakes Golf Course. Kelley shot a 2-over 74 on Sunday to finish 3-over in the tournament and jump over Pacific Lutheran's Dustin Hegge on the leaderboard for second place overall.

The Loggers took third as a team, separating itself from Pacific Lutheran but not quite catching the leaders of Linfield and Whitworth. Kelley finished second to only Linfield's Alex Fitch.

Kelley led a solid Logger effort that saw them match their day one score as a team. They were again 15-over for a two-day score 606 (+30) as a team. Riley Conlin had the best round of the day for the squad with a 1-over 73 to finish 9-over for the tournament in 11th.

Matt Kitto also earned All-NWC honors after finishing 20th at the NWC Championships this weekend with a 156 (+12) in the tournament. The All-NWC teams were based on a points system that assigned points to individual golfers based on their finishes at all three Northwest Conference golf tournaments.

Colin Wulff finished in 15th for the Loggers with a two-day score of 154 (+10) to round out the Logger scoring.

Linfield won the NWC Championship and its automatic bid to the NCAA Championship. Whitworth took second, followed by the Loggers in third. PLU finished fourth, Pacific took fifth as a team and Whitman was sixth. Willamette finished seventh, George Fox took eighth and Lewis & Clark finished ninth to round out the standings.

The women's team had one of its best rounds of the season on the final day but remained in eighth place at the NWC Championships on Sunday. The Loggers also finished eighth as a team in the point standings.

The Loggers shaved 26 strokes off their day one score as a team to fire a 397 on Sunday. Melissa Merrigan's 92 (+20) on Sunday led the Logger effort as she was 10 strokes in front of her day one score. She ended up tied for 32nd overall with teammate Ev Grier, who shot a 96 (+24) today. Her score was two strokes better than Saturday.

Carrie Eidsness also continued the Logger improvement as she shaved off eight strokes with a 99 (+27) today. Madison Cox was also ten strokes better on Sunday to help the Loggers dramatic improvement and round out the Logger scoring.

Whitman won the NWC Championship and the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament with an upset of George Fox by five strokes. Whitworth came in third, followed by Willamette, Linfield and Pacific. Pacific Lutheran was seventh as a team, the Loggers took eighth and Lewis & Clark was ninth.