Spokane Wins Second Straight NWAACC Championship in Dominant Fashion!
The Community Colleges of Spokane Men's Golf Team capped off their extremely successful season with a 14-shot victory to claim their second straight Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges conference championship.
Spokane won their last six tournaments of the season, adding another victory during the fall to cap off one of the most successful seasons in NWAACC golf history. "The run that our team put on the last six weeks is pretty incredible. I am so proud of our team's focus, drive and determination to finish the season so strong. We play a difficult schedule against a variety of good teams on great golf courses all over the Pacific Northwest and our guys performed at a high level in each event," said Head Coach, Scott Kramer.
The sophomore class won 12 tournaments over their two year run in the program and also added five second place finishes. Their dominance has earned their place near the top in CCS and NWAACC golf history.
Sophomore Grahm Schmaltz continued his great play with a second place finish. His rounds of 72-74 - 146 gave him a one-shot margin over teammate Dylan Maine (75-72 - 147). Grahm found himself two-shots back on the 18th tee box on the final day at the Olympic Golf Course. "Hole 18 on the Olympic Course is one of the best risk, reward finishing holes that we play. It is a drivable hole for Grahm and knowing that he most likely needed an eagle to force a playoff, he went for the green. He hit a nice ball, just left of the green, but unfortunately it hit the cart path and bounced up onto a steep hillside and the ball could not be found. In all honesty, Grahm shot even par the second round, because he would normally not try such a risky shot. I am very proud of Grahm. With two holes to go, he was tied for the lead and hit clutch shots down the stretch," Kramer said.
Schmaltz and Maine earned All-Tournament Team for their second and third place finishes. Teammate Brandon Koehler (75-74 -149) finished in fifth place, capping off a great last six weeks to his season. Connor Clayes (80-76 - 156) rounded out the top 10. Andrew Roller (82-78 - 160) struggled in the event, but ended his Sasquatch golf career as one of the more decorated golfers in school history with three tournament victories, multiple top-five finishes and a variety of awards and honors. Freshman Ben Vandenberg (85-76 -161) finished in a tie for 22nd.
Kramer added, "I want to express how proud I am of the team and especially the sophomores for all of their dedication, hard work and the tremendous amount of success that they earned over the past two years. The CCS Men's Golf Program owes a lot of its future success to this group of great guys!"