Sasquatch Win Important League Invitational; Maine Wins in Sudden-Death Playoff
The Community Colleges of Spokane Men's Golf Team returned to form by winning the NWAACC Neutral Site Tournament at Apple Tree Golf Course in Yakima, WA. Spokane finished a 5-over par team score for the two days (290-291 - 581).
Sophomore Dylan Maine (Freeman HS) shot a two-under par, 70 during the first day of play and backed that up with a one-under par, 71 good enough for a tie with Green River's Broc Johnson. Maine drove his ball into a green side bunker on the par 4, 16th and got up and down for birdie to earn medalist honors on the first hole of sudden-death. The victory is the first for Maine who has multiple top five finishes in his Sasquatch golf career. Coach Scott Kramer said. "Dylan is an extremely gifted ball striker and is as good as anyone from tee to green. He has been struggling to get his putting to match his ball striking and I think earning a hard-fought victory will be a great confidence booster for him moving forward."
Sophomore Andrew Roller shot a first round 70 and followed that up with a 73 on the second day to earn a tie for third place. Teammate Grahm Schmaltz finished in 7th place with rounds of 75-71, posting a great score on the second day.
"I am very pleased with the way our team competed. Apple Tree is a scoreable, but tricky golf course (par 72, 6800 yards) and our guys really played well. At one point or another, each of our 6 players faced some adversity during their rounds and found a way to hold it together. That is the sign of a good golf team," commented Head Coach Scott Kramer.
Walla Walla finished 13 shots back of Spokane with team scores of 292-302 to finish in second place.
Brandon Koehler (75-76), Ben Vandenberg (75-78) and Connor Claeys (78-77) had a solid tournament and will be counted on to provide some depth during the remaining tournament schedule.