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4/11/11 Roller Leads Sasquatch to Key Tournament Victory

Spokane headed into the NWAACC neutral site tournament at Heron Lakes Golf Complex in Portland, OR tied in the league standings with Bellevue College.  Spokane won the lone league tournament in the fall at the Olympic College Invitational, with Bellevue finishing second.  Bellevue won the first league tournament of the spring at the CBC Invitational, beating Spokane by two strokes.

“Winning this tournament was very important in terms of the league championship race.  Spokane and Bellevue have proven to be the two teams at the top of the league, and getting an advantage in the point accumulation for the regular season standings was key,” stated Coach Kramer.  Spokane was led by medalist Andrew Roller who won for the second league tournament in a row.  His rounds of even-par 72 on day one and his second day, 73 were good enough for a three-stroke victory.  He was joined in the top 10 by fellow Sasquatch golfer Alex Pounds (76-74).

After shooting a 298 team score on the first day of play, Spokane was down four shots to rival Bellevue.  The Sasquatch were able to make up the four shot deficit, shooting a 303 in rainy conditions and force a four on four sudden death playoff.  Using the four low scores of the day from each team, Spokane and Bellevue set their playoff rosters.  Andrew Roller, Alex Pounds, Grahm Schmaltz and Connor Claeys all made a par on the first playoff hole.  Connor Claeys made about a 10 foot par putt to force a second playoff hole in the sudden death playoff.

Alex Pounds and Andrew Roller made pars on the par-five second hole while Grahm Schmaltz made a two-putt birdie after hitting two sensational shots.  Connor Claeys got up and down from about 60 yards by draining about a 15 foot birdie putt.  Spokane finished the hole at two-under par while Bellevue finished at 1-under par.  “It was an extremely exciting end to a competitive tournament.  The course was very swampy and wet and the teams really competed hard.  Our guys made some great shots in a pressure situation and I couldn’t be more happy for our team to earn a hard fought victory and take the lead in the regular season point standings,” commented Coach Kramer.

Next up for Spokane is the Bigfoot Invitational played at the Coeur d’Alene Public Golf Course and Liberty Lake Golf Course on April 24-25.