UNIVERSITY PLACE, WASH. – After two clear yet chilly days at the Chambers Bay golf course, Seattle U men’s golf emerged from the Redhawk Invitational on Tuesday afternoon with a solid overall performance and an upbeat outlook heading into their next event. 18 talented teams, along with a number of individuals, traveled to the area to compete in the tournament, which has been hosted by Seattle U each year since 2014.
"The tournament was a huge success to our program as a whole," said Head Coach Marc Chandonnet. "I'm so thankful to all those that have supported the creation and continuation of this event. We are lucky to be able to host a premier NCAA Division I tournament at what I consider to be one of the best courses on the West Coast."
In the end, UCLA shot a total of 37 under par to take the team title, and also boasted the player’s title with Hidetoshi Yoshihara’s score of 13-under 200. Seattle U tied for 10th place overall in the field, with all five players’ scores combining for an even-par total.
The standout player for the Redhawks was freshman Nathan Cogswell, who tied for seventh place out of 102 competitors after posting rounds of 72, 67 and 67 for an incredible seven under par. He was followed by fellow freshman Jack Rahon’s one-over 214 (71-69-74). Continuing the trend of solid second rounds were juniors Greg Gionfriddo (76-71-72) and Zack Overstreet (75-69-75), who tied in the standings with plus-six each, as well as sophomore Gabe Spach (73-68-79). Finally, sophomores Quinton Borseth (77-78-73) and Ben Gruher (76-76-86) competed as individuals, adding valuable experience to their collegiate careers.
"We have nothing to hang our heads about," said Chandonnet. "Even par over 54 holes at Chambers Bay is solid. We've just got to sharpen up our scoring clubs and find a way to build momentum. I'm appreciative of the way that our team fights to the end."
Seattle U finally looks forward to their biggest event of the season – the Western Athletic Conference Men’s Golf Championship on April 27-29. This year, the tournament will be held in nearby Lakewood, Wash., and will feature some of the Redhawks’ toughest competition yet.
"With a little rest and some focused effort," said Chandonnet, "we'll be ready to battle."