HUTCHINSON, Kan. – (April 25) The Seattle University men’s golf team concluded the Western Athletic Conference championship at the Prairie Dunes Golf Resort in sixth place after the third round on Wednesday.
After winning the WAC championship last year and going to the NCAA regionals, the Redhawks graduated five seniors and knew this would be a challenging year of developing. This year, the Redhawks only had one upperclassman competing in the championship; senior Joe Harvie.
As a team, Seattle U finished 25 over par at 305 in the third round, and 49-over for the championship.
“I have an expectation that my team will be prepared to compete at conference every year and I don’t believe we did a very good job at that,” head coach Marc Chandonnet said. “But we know there’s nowhere to go but up from here.”
UMKC took first place with an overall score of 25-over-par 865 and four strokes ahead of the second place Grand Canyon.
Harvie finished with the best score among Redhawks. His five-over-par 75 in round three gave him a seventh place finish overall. He shot a 72 in round one and a 75 in round two.
“I’m so thankful that Joe Harvie chose Seattle U,” Chandonnet said. “It’s been a pleasure to watch him over the past four years and I’m also very thankful for his support as the captain of this team and the lone upperclassman. I know this week wasn’t the outcome he had hoped for but Joe left it all out there and can live without regrets knowing he gave us everything he had over the past four years. He will be sorely missed and we all wish him the best in his professional endeavors.”
Thomas Almojuela (75, 73, 76) finished fourteen-over for all three rounds and tied for 17th place. Zack Overstreet (76, 72, 78) finished 16-over-par for 20th place. Gabe Spach moved up four spots after he shot a six-over-par 76 in round three and 19-over for the tournament. Greg Gionfriddo (73, 77, 82) rounds out the Redhawks group, 22-over for the three rounds.