As one of the only college athletic programs competing this fall at any level, the Bellevue College men’s golf team kicked off the pandemic-era fall season with a dominating 14-stroke victory at the Grays Harbor Collegiate Invitational at The Home Course in Dupont, WA yesterday. The event was the first NWAC competition in any sport since the shutdown of all sports last March, as golf is the only NWAC sport that will have allowable competition this fall.
The Bulldogs were led by several key freshmen golfers as Austin Duffy took medalist honors and led the team with rounds of 74-66. The 6-under par round was Duffy’s second of the day in the 36-hole affair. The two-round total was good for a 4-under total tying Tyler Cassell of Grays Harbor. Duffy had a four-hole stretch of 5-under par, going eagle-par-eagle-birdie on holes 8-11. Duffy made the turn at 4-under before his second eagle (both were on par 5’s) on the 10th.
Ryan Lowe, who was playing as an individual for Bellevue, finished 6-over with rounds of 73-77 to finish tied for sixth overall. Bellevue had a trio of freshmen finish in the top ten as Christian Taylor, Ryan Knox, and Jaeger Christian finished at +7, 8, and 9 respectively. Knox fired the low round for BC in the morning session, shooting 1-under 71 in his college debut, but ballooned with an 81 in the afternoon.
The impressive showing by BC’s freshmen not only flashed brilliance but depth as well putting the spotlight on the Bulldogs as possibly the team to beat this year for the NWAC title.
The Bulldogs will have another local one-day tourney this upcoming Sunday September 20 at the Highline Showdown at Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club in Federal Way, WA.
Last Updated September 15, 2020