LAKEWOOD, WASH. – In the final day of competition at the Western Athletic Conference Men’s Golf Championships, Seattle U men’s golf made a definitive statement by finishing third with a total score of 16 over par. Kansas City ended up winning the trophy after shooting a combined plus-one, while the individual medal went to Jake Chanen of Grand Canyon after posting three under par after 54 holes on the Oakbrook Golf Club.

“The guys really fought to the end,” said Head Coach Marc Chandonnet. “We exceeded expectations by finishing third after we were picked to finish fifth overall in the coaches’ poll.”

After finishing round one at the bottom of the Redhawk standings, freshman Nathan Cogswell (76-69-71) battled his way back over the next two days, even shooting an eagle on Monday to surpass his teammates with a three-over 216 and tie for eighth place overall. Junior Zack Overstreet played his best golf of the season in a 71-75-72 effort for a combined plus-five 218, while classmate Greg Gionfriddo (74-73-72) shot an eagle on hole one to finish at six-over 219. Not to be outdone on the first hole, sophomore Gabe Spach (72-72-76) also started his day with an eagle on his way to a plus-seven 220. Finally, freshman Jack Rahon posted rounds of 74, 72 and 79 in his first conference championship.

“I’m happy about the experience we gained,” said Chandonnet. “All of the guys kept really positive attitudes throughout the whole weekend.”