PULLMAN, Wash. – Playing in their first collegiate tournament, Seattle U freshman duo Nick Baker and Gabe Spach placed in the top 20 at the Itani Quality Homes Intercollegiate, hosted by Washington State Monday and Tuesday. The Redhawks finished sixth in the team standings in the field of 11 on the par-71, 7,284-yard course at Palouse Ridge Golf Course.
Baker, a Cle Elum, Wash., native, placed 15th overall at three-under-par 210 (73-67-70). Spach, who hails from Seattle, tied for 19th at one-under-par 212 (73-66-73). Spach's five-under 66 in the second round Monday was the low round of the tournament for a Redhawk.
Sophomore Greg Gionfriddo tied for 32nd overall with a three-over 216 (71-71-74), senior Joe Harvie tied for 48th at eight-over 221 (77-72-72) and sophomore Zack Overstreet tied for 61st at 12-over 225 (75-76-74).
“I’m very encouraged by our first week out, especially since the team reported to school only a couple of days ago,” said Head Coach Marc Chandonnet. “We have a very talented and coachable group. I truly believe that they can accomplish whatever they put their minds to, and I’m looking forward to a fun ride this year.”
Washington State came from behind in the final round to claim the team title at 33-under-par 819, besting Boise State by one stroke. Long Beach State (-21, 831), Cal State Fullerton (-12, 840) and South Dakota (-12, 840) rounded out the top five as Seattle U finished at five-over 857 (292-276-289).
The Redhawks are back in action Sept. 25-26 at the Mark Simpson Invitational, hosted by the University of Colorado at Colorado national Golf Club in Erie, Colo.