3/19/12 Roller Wins in Sudded Death
The Community Colleges of Spokane Men's Golf Teams Began it's spring season at the Pacific University Invitational at the Reserve Vinyards and Golf Club in Aloha, OR.
Sophomore Andrew Roller (Coeur d'Alene HS) captured his 3rd individual medalist honor in his short career at CCS. Roller shot an opening round 74 on the par 72, 6800 yard track and followed that up with an even par, 72 during the 2nd round of play. His 146 total earned him a spot in a sudden death playoff with Alex Fitch of Linfield College. Roller birdied the first playoff hole to earn the tournament title. "Andrew plays his best golf in clutch situations. He birdied holes 16 and 18, as well as the playoff hole. He ran into some trouble on the back 9, hitting 3 balls into the water, but overcame the adversity to win the tournament," stated Head Coach Scott Kramer.
As a team, Spokane shot rounds of 301 and 300 to finish 2 strokes behind Northwest Conference power, Linfield College. The tournament was played with temperatures in the low 40's with about a 10-15 mph breeze and intermittent rain showers. There was about a 20 minute snow/slush delay during the final round. The most challenging aspect of the course was the extremely muddy, soft conditions. Kramer commented, "Considering the fact that our team had only played 4 rounds of golf together since the end of October and the playing conditions were not ideal, I am very proud of the way our team performed. To get the chance to compete against 7, 4-year schools gives our players a nice measuring stick heading into our conference schedule."
Dylan Maine (Freeman HS) shot rounds of 73-75 to finish in 4th place, while Grahm Schmaltz (Glacier HS) shot 77-75 to round out the top 10. Ben Vandenberg (Lynden HS) shot a 75 during the second round in his first tournament as a Sasquatch.
Next up for the Sasquatch in the Walla Walla Invitational on April 15-16.