5/9/11 Behind Pounds, Spokane Captures Regular Season Conference Championship at Bandon Dunes
The final regular season league tournament of the 2010-11 NWAACC golf season was played at the world-class Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, OR. The men’s tournament was played at Old MacDonald and Bandon Trails, the same two courses that the United States Public Links Championship will be played on during the last few days of June and the first few days of July.
Spokane had a one point lead heading into the tournament over second place Bellevue College. A victory would secure the regular season league championship, an accumulation of four tournaments spanning over the fall and spring season. For each team that a team finished ahead of in a tournament, they earn a point. Spokane won two of the three previous league tournaments and finished second in another.
Coach Kramer stated, “It is normally extremely windy and rainy in Bandon this time of the year and consequently in makes the already difficult golf courses even more challenging. Fortunately we had three straight days of sunshine, but did have a lot of wind. Our players did a great job and took advantage of the playing conditions. Bandon Dunes is one of the most beautiful golf areas in the world and the trip is a fantastic opportunity for our players.”
Alex Pounds shot an even-par 71 on the first day and followed it up in some severe winds on the second day with a 74. “It is extremely rare to see rounds at or under par on these golf courses. Alex hit a lot of great shots and had a fantastic tournament,” commented Coach Kramer. Grahm Schmaltz also had an excellent tournament shooting rounds of 75-74 to finish in fourth place.
Spokane was down four shots to Bellevue who had an excellent first day. The Sasquatch responded on the second day, finishing strong on some very challenging finishing holes at Bandon Trails and beating second place Bellevue by 11 shots on the second day to claim a seven stroke victory. The tournament title created a two-point margin in the regular season standings with Spokane earning 35 points for the season and second place Bellevue earning 33.
All six of the traveling players contributed to the victory. All but one round out of 12 for the Sasquatch were in the 70’s, for the two days. Connor Claey’s second day 75 and Brooks Guetlin’s first day 76 were key rounds in the tournament victory. Brandon Koehler also shot an important 75 on the first day of play. Andrew Roller ran into a few bad holes, but still shot rounds of 76-79 in helping the Sasquatch.