Spokane Men & North Idaho Women claim 2016 Golf Titles (updated)
WALLA WALLA - The Spokane Men and North Idaho Women claim the 2016 NWAC Golf Championships at the Walla Walla Country Club today.
Day 1 had Bellevue Men leading North Idaho by a stroke but strong day 2 performances by Walla Walla and Spokane saw the Warriors and Sasquatch take the lead and were tied after 36 holes of golf.
Spokane (586 pts) prevailed in the sudden death playoff to claim their ninth overall NWAC men's title dating back to their first in 1975.
In an exciting men's finish, Spokane's Jordan Bass made a 15 foot birdie putt on 18 while Lars Malinen from Walla Walla got up and down for birdie from 30 yards away to force a 4 on 4 sudden death playoff between the Warriors and Sasquatch.
Spokane's Tanner Kovacevich made a 60 foot eagle putt while Jordan Bass and Derrick Phelps each made 6 foot birdie putts making Jake Verlin's 5 foot birdie putt a mute point. Spokane was 4-under par on the playoff.
WWCC's Dillon George, Lars Malinen and Daniel Dolin made birdies on the playoff while Tucker Keys made par. WWCC was 3-under on the playoff.
North Idaho's Braydon Swapp won the individual men's championship. Swapp finished day one 6 under par which helped secure his title run despite finishing one over par in the final 18 rounds.
Walla Walla freshman Lauri 'Lars' Malinen took second, a stroke behind Swapp's 139.
Olympic men edged North Idaho by a stroke 598 to 590.
The Bellevue ladies held a dominating seven stroke lead over North Idaho heading into today's play, but NWAC Player of the Year - North Idaho freshman Nicole Miller turned two good performances over the two days to help lead the Cardinals to victory (475 pts).
Bellevue (477 pts) finished second with Spokane claiming third with 505 points while SW Oregon women placed fourth (522 pts)
Miller was third after day 1 with a score of 77 at Veterans Memorial Golf Course, 2 strokes behind Bellevue sophomore Kendra Meeker.
Meeker, who trailed Miller by a stroke heading into the final hole, scored a birdie in the 18th to force a tie and won the sudden death playoff by a stroke to take the women's individual championship.
The championship is North Idaho Women's first NWAC title since joining the conference last year.
Olympic's Bjorn Bjorke was named the men's Coach of the Year while Bellevue's Bryan Stevens was selected the women's Coach of the Year.
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|Men's Champions - Spokane Sasquatch|
|Women's Champions - North Idaho Cardinals|
|Men's Medalist - Braydon Swapp, North Idaho|
|Women's Medalist - Kendra Meeker, Bellevue|
|Men's Coach of the Year - Bjorn Bjorke, Olympic|
|Women's Coach of the Year - Bryan Stevens, Bellevue|