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CRESWELL, ORE. – Seattle U men’s golf displayed tremendous strides forward over the past two days, as they led the 16-team field in pars and placed fourth overall as a team (+18) at the Oregon Duck Invitational, held at the Emerald Valley Golf Club in Creswell, Ore., from March 25-26. The competing teams consisted of Boise State, Denver, Hawaii, Long Beach State, Loyola Marymount, Nevada, Oral Roberts, Oregon, Oregon State, Pacific, San Diego State, San Francisco, San Jose State, Seattle U, Washington State and Wyoming; Oregon State ended up on top as a team with a total stroke count of three under par, while 130th-ranked Ryan Grolund of Oregon took first place as an individual.
All five Redhawks placed in the top half of the field. Sophomore Gabe Spach led the way for Seattle U with rounds of 74, 72 and 74 to tie for 16th place out of 88 total competitors, followed by freshman Jack Rahon (76-75-71), who had the second-most scores of even-par in the tournament and whose last round of one under par took him up to a 29th-place tie. Junior Zack Overstreet played some of his best golf of the season, starting with a round of 80 before settling down with rounds of 73 and 72, good for a nine-over 225 and a tie for 38th place. Finally, freshman Nathan Cogswell (73-72-81) and junior Greg Gionfriddo (73-76-77) both ended up in a tie for 41st place at 10-over, their strong starts propelling them to the upper half of the rankings.
“Our guys fought until the end, in typical fashion,” said Head Coach Marc Chandonnet. “I definitely saw improvement in their ability to manage their emotions and remain patient. We all believe that we are capable of even better, but we will celebrate the little victories and get back to work so that we are ready for the postseason.”
In an exciting opportunity for the team, Seattle U hosts the Redhawk Invitational at the famed Chambers Bay golf course in Tacoma, Wash., on April 1-2. The tournament features a field of 19 talented teams from all across the country. Play will start at 8:00 AM on both days.