The Grays Harbor College men’s golf program will welcome its first international player as Rasmus Tamker has signed to play for the Chokers starting next fall.
Tamker, who hails from Stockholm, Sweden, carries an average tournament score of 75 and plays at the second highest level of the Sweden Junior Golf Tour.
“We are excited for GHC Golf to have its first ever international golfer,” GHC head coach Ann Swanson said.
Tamker plans to study Business while at Grays Harbor College.
In other Chokers golf news, the men’s team opened its season with a 16th-place finish at the Las Vegas Shootout at the Boulder City Golf Course on Tuesday, Feb. 21.
Cole Wasson led the Chokers in the mostly NAIA event, shooting plus-15 over three rounds (79, 81, 71) that included two eagles and 10 birdies.
Nate Johnson shot a plus-26 for the Chokers over his three rounds (80, 79, 83), including two birdies.
GHC golfers Tyler Bryant (84, 82, 81) sank five birdies and an eagle while Brett Wasson (83, 85, 85) and Nolan King (86, 85, 85) also competed for the Chokers.
“It was a great experience for our players in this big event, playing from 7,400 yards,” Swanson said.
Ottawa University-Arizona (No. 4 NAIA) finished first place in the team standings.
Colby Watkins (OUA) was the Medalist of the Match with a first-place score of 66, 70, 70.
Gulls U14 boys team completes perfect season
The Grays Harbor Gulls FC Academy Under-14/Over-9 boys team completed a perfect 12-0 season and won a NPSL D4 league championship with a 1-0 victory over Bainbridge Island in December.
JB Fabian scored the game’s lone goal off an assist from Israel Ramirez as the Gulls won the league title in its first season of competition.
The Gulls, who are coached by Daniel Langer and Eddie Roosa, allowed 61 goals while just giving up six in recording the perfect season.
The GH Gulls FC Academy opened last summer and currently fields 11 local youth development teams in both the Select and Premier levels for boys and girls.
The academy also works closely with the Grays Harbor Gulls men’s semi-pro team.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the academy’s website at graysharborfc.com.
Chokers claim men’s, women’s wrestling titles
The Grays Harbor College men’s and women’s wrestling teams claimed Northwest Conference team championships on Saturday in Hoquiam.
Led by individual champions Elijah Gandert (141 pounds), Austin Cleland (149), Elijah Fisher (174) and Alexander Perez (285) the Chokers were able to edge Washington State University, which had nine wrestlers in the finals compared to just five for GHC, but won only two individual crowns.
Grays Harbor scored 190.5 points to 175.5 for Washington State to win its seventh-consecutive conference title, with Gandert named the Most Outstanding Wrestler of the event.
On the women’s side of the competition, GHC was strong from the start en route to a convincing performance throughout the eight-team meet.
The Lady Chokers sent 10 wrestlers to the finals — including both finalists in the 191 and 235-pound competitions – and had five individual champions to run away with the team title with 153 points.
Washington State placed second with 88 points while the University of Washington came in third with 46 points.
Individual Lady Chokers champions were Aleyda Rodriguez (116), Georgia Ustaszewski (155), Katie Gakin (170), Reneah Ureste (191) and Kali Hood (235).
WSU head coach Phil Burnett was named the conference’s Men’s Coach of the Year with GHC’s own Kevin Pine named the Women’s Coach of the Year after guiding the Lady Chokers to their second-consecutive conference title.
The Chokers men will send 15 competitors while 11 Lady Chokers qualified for this week’s national championships in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Men Team Scores
1, Grays Harbor 190.5. 2, Washington State University 175.5. 3, Western Washington University 96.5. 4, University of Oregon 88. 5, Big Bend CC 47.5. 6, University of British Columbia 26. 7, University of Washington 21.5. 8, Treasure Valley CC 14. 9, Pacific Lutheran University 13.5.
Women Team Scores
1, Grays Harbor 153. 2, Washington State University 88. 3, University of Washington 46. 4, Western Washington University 40. 4, Big Bend CC 40. 6, University of British Columbia 24. 7, University of Oregon 22. 8, Pacific Lutheran University 15.