The Idaho Vandals men ruled at the Big Sky Conference golf tournament at Greenhorn Creek Resort in Angels Camp, California, on Wednesday.
The Vandals claimed the team title by a whopping 21 strokes over the runner-up Sacramento State Hornets. Idaho finished with an 8-under-par 856 total – breaking the tournament record by four strokes.
Idaho was led by medalist Jared du Toit. Du Toit began the fourth and final round with a two-shot lead and never looked back. He breezed to a 208 and held off teammate and runner-up Aaron Cockerill (213). Idaho freshman Daniel Sutton was third at 216.
“We’ve had a good season,” said Vandals coach John Means. “We played very well coming into the event. Our goal is to be able to play for the national championship. This is one of the steps we need to accomplish to get there and do that.”
Idaho will move on to the NCAA regional championships. The selection show will air on the Golf Channel on Monday during “Morning Drive.”
Du Toit tied the championship-course record with a 6-under 66 in the final round.
“I hit a lot of quality shots and my bad shots weren’t necessarily bad,” du Toit said. “I did a good job of converting the chances that I did have. It was awesome today.”
Rylee Iacolucci tied for ninth place and Ryan Porch finished tied for 16th to round out the Vandals’ scoring.
The Community Colleges of Spokane Sasquatch (23-12, 12-10) and the Big Bend Vikings (15-20, 8-14) split a Northwest Athletic Conference doubleheader in Moses Lake.
Big Bend’s Reign Letkeman tossed a complete-game three-hitter to lead the Vikings to a 4-1 victory in the opener. Letkeman struck out 13 with two walks and the lone run he allowed was unearned.
Jordan McGowan drove in the only run for CC Spokane. It was his 18th run batted in this season.
In the second game, the Sasquatch used a six-run third inning to roll to a 12-5 victory.
Darian Barlow, batting No. 9 in the order, went 3 for 4 with five RBIs to spark the Sasquatch. Evan Douglas homered – his seventh – and drove in a pair of runs for CC Spokane, while Ryan Murkle hit his first homer of the season – a solo shot.
Spokane sits in fourth place in the East Region.
Washington Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar announced the signing of 6-foot-10 center Sam Timmins to a national letter of intent.
Timmins hails from South Island, New Zealand. He led his high school to a championship.
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