Whitman men shave 26 shots off team golf score

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LACEY, Wash. - The Whitman College men's golf team finished the Northwest Conference Spring Classic on a strong note Sunday, shaving 26 shots off its team score from the day before.

With John Abercrombie leading the way, shooting a 4-over par 76, Whitman carded a 318 team score in its closing round and posted a 36-hole score of 662.

The Missionaries held off Pacific Lutheran (671) for fifth place but was unable to close the gap on the top four teams.

Linfield finished in the top spot with a 625 total. Just three strokes separated the next three teams - Puget Sound (634), Pacific (636) and Whitworth (637).

Abercrombie, who shot 76 on Sunday after an 87 in Saturday's wind-blown round, finished with a 163, part of a five-way tie for 13th place.

Geoff Burks carded an 80 on Sunday, a five-shot improvement from the first round, and tied for 21st with a 165 total.

Brian Barton and Jon Standen both finished with rounds of 81. Barton's two-day total was 168, one stroke in front of Standen.

Andrew Welch, after shooting 85 on Saturday, had trouble on Sunday, finishing with a 36-hole score of 175.

Sophomore Peter Clark shot rounds of 91 and 88 to finish at 179.

Whitman also placed fifth at the NWC Fall Classic last October.

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