Bearcats are Set for NWC Fall Classic in Men's Golf

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

RIDGEFIELD, WASH. -- The Willamette University men's golf team will compete at the Northwest Conference Fall Classic on Saturday, Oct. 27 and Sunday, Oct. 28 at Tri-Mountian Golf Course. The NWC Fall Classic counts for one-fourth of points available for the overall NWC team title.

The NWC Spring Classic counts for another one-fourth of the total, while the NWC Championship tournament has double the value with one-half of the points. Each team receives points for its finish at each of the three events.

Action will get underway with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. (PDT). The men's tournament will begin on the front nine, while the NWC Fall Classic in women's golf, which also is being held at Tri-Mountain, will start out on the back nine.

Top golfers for the Bearcats this fall have been Ryan Kukula (So., Ocean Park, WA/Ilwaco HS), Jeffrey Lewis (So., Eugene, OR/Sheldon HS) and Cody Plofker (So., Montclair, NJ/Monclair HS). Kukula tied for fifth place at the Boxer Classic hosted Pacific University on Sept. 23-23, as he finished 36 holes at 150 (78-72). He finished in seventh place at the Whitman Invitational on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, carding a two-day score of 144 (70-74).

Plofker tied for 15th place at the Boxer Classic with a total of 155 (79-76). Lewis placed 21st at the Boxer Classic, as he achieved a score of 165 (79-85). Plofker and Lewis both shot 155 at the Whitman Invitational. Plofker recorded 74-81, while Lewis shot 80-75.

All three of WU's leaders have at least one round at or below 75 this season, led by Kukula's 70 on the first day of the Whitman Invitational.

Ryan Kukula's top finish so far this fall was a tie for fifth place at the Boxer Classic hosted by Pacific.

Ryan Kukula's top finish so far this fall was a tie for fifth place at the Boxer Classic hosted by Pacific.