Columbia Basin and Walla Walla take 2008 Golf Championships
[edited May 21]
Spokane, Wash - Columbia Basin took the women's title finishing seven strokes ahead of second place 2007 Champion Spokane while Green River came in at third, 14 strokes behind the Sasquatch.
Tacoma's Monica Brown edged Spokane's Katie Sorenson by a single stroke for the ladies' championship. Amanda Bjork of Columbia Basin was the leader on day one, but had to settle for third place four strokes behind Brown.
Walla Walla were the surprise winners of the men's title. The Warriors, 8-4 on the season, made a big turn around since May 12th when they placed fourth, 37 strokes behind SW Oregon at the Southwestern Oregon Invitational. The Warriors then capped the season by taking the final East Region Match on May 15th.
Walla Walla finished a stroke ahead of second place North Champion Bellevue and four ahead of third place West Champion Southwestern Oregon to claim their third consecutive championship and fifth in the last six years.
2007 Champion Richard Lee of Bellevue again took home the hardware in 2008. Lee shot a 137 finishing two strokes ahead of the Warriors' Joseph Perkins and three ahead of Jason Azzarito of Spokane.
Bellevue's Kirk Johansen was named the Men's Coach of the Year and
Dan Clifford of Columbia Basin was awarded the Women's Coach of the Year.