SEATTLE – (Nov. 16) Seattle University men’s golf Head Coach Marc Chandonnet has announced the signing of three Washington products who have signed National Letters of Intent to continue their athletic career and education as a Redhawk beginning in the fall of 2017.
"Our men's program has progressed nicely over the past few years,” said Chandonnet. “We are more respected as an NCAA contender and as a group we continue to improve scoring records each and every day. This is a testament to the great young men in our program that are working hard daily both in and out of the classroom.”
Nick Baker out of Cle Elum-Roslyn High School, Ben Gruher from Union High School and Gabe Spach hailing from Roosevelt High School bring elite talent on the course and in the classroom.
“With next year’s incoming class of freshman all from the great state of Washington we will continue a trend of recruiting some of the state’s best young players,” said Chandonnet. “These players will fit into the culture we've developed very nicely, they are all extremely good students, very hard workers that are coachable and very well liked. I'm confident that our progress will continue upwards with hopes that we can build a program that believes in its ability to compete in NCAA post season competition year in and year out."
At Cle Elum-Roslyn HS in Cle Elum, Wash., Baker is a four-year varsity letter winner and a three-time team MVP. He won the 2015 WA State 1A Golf Championship, clinching the title in a three-hole playoff, and went on to repeat the feat in 2016. A member of the National Honor Society and an honor roll student with a 3.97 cumulative GPA, Baker has won awards in Spanish, science and history.
Gruher is a four-time all-league selection and two-time Player of the Year in the Greater St. Helens League. He is a four-time Washington State qualifier and a two-time District Champion. His team’s MVP from 2014-16 at Union HS in Camas, Wash., Gruher has a 36.9 career match average and tied his school’s all-time eagle record. A four-time Student-Athlete Award recipient, Gruher carries a 4.0 GPA.
Spach has starred for Roosevelt HS in Seattle for the past four seasons. A four-time team MVP, he was the 2016 PNGA boys amateur winner and 2016 Metro League Player of Year. The Rough Riders went 22-0 from 2014-15, winning two Metro titles, two District titles and the 2015 State title. They were also the 2014 WJGA state championship runner up. Spach also plays varsity basketball, serving as a team captain in 2015, and carries a 3.8 cumulative GPA.