Bellevue Men Escape With One Stroke Victory at Highline Invitational

Coming off a convincing 13-stroke victory in their season-opening win at the Grays Harbor Collegiate Invite last week, the Bellevue College men’s golf team got a taste of competing down the stretch as the Bulldogs took home a one stroke victory, defeating Grays Harbor 309-310 yesterday at the narrow, tree-lined Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club.

Measuring at only 6,258 yards, the traditional layout put a premium on course management and short game. Many of BC’s golfers who shot near even par the week prior, struggled on the tight layout. Freshman Austin Duffy, who made his college debut last week earning medalist honors with a 6-under par 66, seemed unfazed by the entirely new layout by going low again for Bellevue, shooting 2-under 70. Duffy lost out by a stroke for overall medalist honors to Grays Harbor’s Tyler Cassell, who shot 69. The two also tied and were in a playoff last week for individual honors, making it back-to-back weeks the two have established themselves as the top golfers in the NWAC.

Bellevue was also boosted by veteran Tyler Spalti, who shot 76. Ryan Lowe finished tied for sixth overall with an 81 while Ryan Knox finished with an 82 to close out Bellevue’s scoring. Knox’ clutch play down the stretch proved to be the match winner as he birdied the 17th hole before a par on the 18th to seal the win.

The Bulldogs have now hoisted first place trophies in their first two matches and will continue practice before their third and final fall match which will be scheduled sometime in October.

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Last Updated September 21, 2020