DUPONT — The Grays Harbor College men’s golf team shot an overall score of 592 to finish fourth at the Northwest Athletic Conference Men’s Championships on Monday at The Home Course in DuPont.
Led by Dylan Christoffer’s Day 2 round of 4-under-par (68), the Chokers finished the meet just two shots back of Bellevue and nine shots back of second-place Spokane (583).
North Idaho Community College won the conference title with a total of 569.
After a Day 1 round on Sunday where no Chokers golfer shot below par, Grays Harbor improved its overall strokes count considerably. The Chokers shaved off 13 shots from their first-day total to secure fourth place in the conference. Their two-day total of 289 was the second-lowest daily total of the meet (North Idaho CC, 278).
Each Chokers golfer improved over their first-day scores. First Team All-NWAC players Travis Bossio and Ryan Feyer were three and four strokes better, respectively, on Day 2.
Tim Nail improved by two strokes and teammate Cooper Benfield by three shots on Monday to round out the Chokers’ fourth-place finish (top four scores per team count toward official score).
The solid showing at the conference championships caps a groundbreaking season for Grays Harbor, which won the SWOCC Invitational at Bandon Dunes (Bandon, Ore.) the prior week and took first place at the Highline Invitational at the Suncadia Golf Course in Cle Elum on October 2.
The victory at Suncadia was the first for a GHC men’s team in nearly 50 years, according to Chokers head coach Ann Swanson.
““I have tried to model our program after D1 programs. We have worked hard to build a championship culture,” Swanson said. “Our hard work is starting to pay off.”
NWAC Men’s Championship
Team Standings — 1, North Idaho CC, 291-278-569. 2, Spokane, 293-290-583. 3, Bellevue, 297-293-590. 4, Grays Harbor CC, 303-289-592. 5, Skagit Valley College, 306-308-614. 6 SW Oregon, 310-305-615. 7, Olympic, 323-324-647. 8, Walla Walla, 337-330-667.
Grays Harbor Results (Par 72) — Christoffer (73-68-140); Bossio (75-72-147); Nail (76-74-150); Feyer (79-75-154); Benfield (80-77-157).
Orting 23, Grays Harbor 3
The Grays Harbor Lacrosse Club saw its season come to an end with a 23-3 postseason loss to Orting on Saturday in Orting.
Orting led 9-0 at the half en route to the quarterfinal playoff win.
Grays Harbor finished its third season in program history with a 6-9 record.
“I am very proud of these boys who against all odds managed to win six games this season against established programs which have been around for over 10 years,” program director Ray Cristobal said. “What makes this program special is that it’s a player-driven sports program. The players own the wins and losses and are accountable to each other.”
The club will hold a lacrosse clinic from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday at Elma Middle School
For more information or to register for the clinic, visit ghlacrosse.org.
1B District Tournament
Wishkah 22, Taholah 10
Wishkah blew the game open with 13 runs in the sixth inning to secure a 22-10 victory in the 1B District IV Tournament on Saturday.
The Loggerettes (5-2) took advantage of some defensive mistakes as Taholah (4-4) committed six of its 11 errors in the sixth inning.
Wishkah Valley batted around in the inning and got big RBI hits from Kelcey Bernhardty, who drove in two runs with a single.
Wishkah’s patience was on display in the inning as well as the Loggerettes worked three walks off Taholah pitching in the frame.
The win puts the Loggerettes in the third seed in the state tournament while Taholah had to settle for the fourth seed with the loss.
Wishkah 206 10(13)x 0 – 22 16 4
Taholah 102 403 – 10 14 11
WP – Bomhoff (7 ER, 2 BB, 5 K)
Top Hitters: Wishkah – Bernhardty (2 H, 4 RBI), Mackenzie Robertson (3 RBI), Abbi Van Blaricom (3-5, 2 RBI); Taholah – Molly De La Cruz (2 2B, 3 RBI)
— Hasani Grayson, Grays Harbor Newa Group