April 25, 2012
Varelia finished third in the GNAC tournament Tuesday at the Coeur d'Alene Resort Golf Course with a 54-hole total of 217. On the season he ranks third in the conference in scoring averaging 72.9 strokes per round.
Rachor, who is the season scoring leader with a 77.3 average, took medalist honors at the conference championship Tuesday finishing with a 36-hole total of 153.
Both players led their respective teams to conference titles as the Vikings remained the only school to win a GNAC team golf championship.
Also earning special awards were Marcus Drange, Eric Gravbrot and Cayley Fish, all of Montana State Billings. Drange was voted the GNAC Newcomer-of-the-Year, while Gravbrot and Fish won the GNAC Male and Female Freshman-of-the-Year awards.
Card led the Viking men to the fifth straight conference title in earning his fifth straight Coach-of-the-Year award. He shared the Men's Coach-of-the-Year award with Bishop who directed Saint Martin's to a second-place team finish.
Stephan led WWU's women to the title for the second year in a row since golf was added as a conference sport earning his second Coach-of-the-Year award in as many seasons.
Varelia and Rachor headed up the all-conference teams. Varelia was joined on the men's first team by teammates Craig Crawford, Jake Webb and Dylan Goodwin and by Zach Dietz and Matt Epstein of Saint Martin's.
Varelia and Dietz earned first team honors for the third year in a row, while Epstein and Goodwin were repeaters from last year's first team.
Joining Rachor on the women's first team were Sophie Elstrott and Alex Taylor of Western Washington; Karly Olsen of Saint Martin's and Kalli Stanhope of Montana State Billings. Rachor, Elstrott, Olsen and Stanhope were all repeaters from last year's first team.
2012 GNAC MEN'S GOLF ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
First Team, Yr., Hometown Craig Crawford, Western Washington, So., Stanwood, WA (Highland Christian) Jake Webb, Western Washington, Jr., Issaquah, WA (Skyline) *Dylan Goodwin, Western Washington, Jr., Mukilteo, WA (Kamiak - UW) **Nick Varelia, Western Washington, Sr., Kent, WA (Kentwood) **Zach Dietz, Saint Martin's, Sr., Jerome, ID *Matt Epstein, Saint Martin's, Sr., Monroe, WA *Repeater **Two-time repeater
Second Team, Yr., Hometown Nick Hardy, Northwest Nazarene, So., Edmonds, WA (Kings) Ben Fosnick, Saint Martin's, Fr., Lakewood, WA (Lakes) Brandon Moore, Saint Martin's, Sr., Tacoma, WA (Washington) Marcus Drange, MSU Billings, Jr., Billings, MT (Billings West) Michelle Belle, Simon Fraser, So., Burnaby, BC (St. Thomas More) Eric Grabvrot, Montana State Billings, Fr., Yakima, WA (West Valley)
Player-of-the-Year - Nick Varelia, Western Washington. Newcomer-of-the-Year - Marcus Drange, MSU Billings. Freshman-of-the-Year - Eric Gravbrot, MSU Billings. Coach-of-the-Year - Steve Card, Western Washington, and Kevin Bishop, Saint Martin's
2012 GNAC WOMEN'S GOLF ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
First Team, Yr., Hometown Alex Taylor, Western Washington, Sr., Sammamish, WA (Eastlake) *Karly Olsen, Saint Martin's, Sr., Bellingham, WA (Sehome) *Sophie Elstrott, Western Washington, Sr., Eugene, OR (South Eugene) *Claire Rachor, Western Washington, Jr., Bellingham, WA *Kalli Stanhope, MSU Billings, Sr., Glendive, MT (Dawson County) *Repeater
Second Team, Yr., Hometown Erin Heaney, MSU Billings, Sr., Anaconda, MT Cayley Fish, MSU Billings, Fr., Great Falls, MT (Charles M. Russell) Jennifer Kent, Saint Martin's, Sr., Tukwila, WA (Foster) Melissa Saken, MSU Billings, So., Peers, ALB (Parkland) Kara Zitzman, Western Washington, Jr., Woodinville, WA (Redmond)
Jake Koppenberg Qualifies for U.S. Amateur
Former Viking All-American to play in prestigious U.S. Amateur August 14-20 at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Men's Golf Finishes 16th at NCAA II Championships
Senior Jeffrey Marcum and Freshman Ethan Casto tie for 57th in 108-player field
Men's Golf Slips to 17th at NCAA Championships
WWU men's golf moved up to as high as 8th place, but had a tough finish to finish the 2nd round in 17th place
Men's Golf Senior Trio Named All- West Region
Chris Hatch, Brett Johnson and Jeffrey Marcum earn Division II PING All-West Region honors
Men's Golf in 12th Place at NCAA Championships
Senior Brett Johnson has WWU in the hunt after carding even-par 70 in first round
Vikings Begin Quest for NCAA II Championship
WWU men's golf opens play Monday in the NCAA Division II Championships
Men's Golf Headed to NCAA Championships
Vikings tie for 3rd at NCAA II West/South Central Super Regional
Men's Golf Surges Into 2nd in NCAA Regional Play
Vikings card 10-under-par 2nd round to inch closer to NCAA II Championships
Men's Golf Tied for 5th at NCAA II Regional
Senior Chris Hatch leads Vikings in first round with 5-under-par 67 at Brookside Country Club.
Men's Golf Tees it up at NCAA Regional
Vikings will take to the course starting at 12:50 pm today in Stockton, Calif.
Three Men's Golfer Named First Team All-GNAC
Seniors Brett Johnson, Chris Hatch and Jeffrey Marcum named First Team All-GNAC and Head Coach Luke Bennett repeats as GNAC Coach of the ...
Men's Golf Advances to 19th Straight NCAA Tourney
Vikings are the No. 6 seed in the West Region to be played May 8-10 in Stockton, Calif.
Pair of Men's Golfers Earn GNAC Academic Awards
Sophomore Michael Butler and junior Adam Barker named GNAC Academic All-Stars
Vikings Repeat as GNAC Champions
Vikings overcome 6-stroke deficit in the final round to claim back-to-back GNAC Championships
Men's Golf in 2nd Place at GNAC Championships
Senior Chris Hatch one stroke back of tournament lead with 36-hole score of -4 (138)