BELLEVUE WOMEN’S GOLF WINS IN DRAMATIC FASHION TO OPEN SPRING SEASON
The Bellevue College women’s team kept their winning streak alive at 12 straight victories at the spring season opening tournament hosted by Green River CC at Washington National Golf Course, April 7-8. The opening round greeted the players with heavy rain and wind that made playing conditions even more difficult at the demanding Washington National course. Battling through the elements, freshman standout Suchada Anasuriya carded a 79 to finish the first round one shot off the lead. After day one, the Bulldogs found themselves in second place eight shots behind host Green River.
On day two, the Bellevue women charged back with strong rounds by Anasuriya, along with teammates Kayce Ogishima and Corey Rois, tying GRCC for the team title and forcing a playoff. On the first playoff hole, a par-5 at No. 1, Rois buried a 20-footer for birdie and sealed the deal for the Bellevue women. Head coach Kirk Johanson said, “I’m very proud of the way our women’s team battled back, they never gave up and played very strong to the finish. It was great to see Corey make that putt in the playoff in a pressure situation,” Johanson continued. “She has worked hard on her putting and it definitely has paid off.”
Anasuriya won Medalist honors with a two-day total of 156, winning the tournament by three shots over Brittany Thurber of Green River. Rois placed 8th, and Ogishima tied for 11th. “Suchada played very solid both days under difficult conditions, showing a lot of patience and earned a well-deserved first place,” said Johanson. This is Suchada’s second win, as she took first at the Columbia Basin College Invitational in the fall season.
Next up, the team heads to Spokane for the Bigfoot Tournament April 21-22.