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Tanner Kovacevich hits 60-foot eagle putt as CCS wins men’s golf title

Tanner Kovacevich made a 60-foot eagle putt on the first playoff hole to give Community Colleges of Spokane its third straight Northwest Athletic Conference men’s golf championship on Monday in a tiebreaker with Walla Walla at Walla Walla Country Club.

Derrick Phelps, Jordan Bass and Jake Verlin (Moscow, Idaho) all made 6-foot birdie putts on the playoff hole while Walla Walla put together three birdies and a par after the schools had matched 586 scores through 36 holes in the two-day tournament.

Bass, who hit a 15-foot downhill birdie putt on the last hole of regulation to force the playoff, finished third at 3-under 141. He and Kovacevich made the NWAC all-star team.

Brandon Swapp of North Idaho College was men’s medalist with a 5-under 139 to lead the Cardinals to a fourth-place finish and lead the men’s NWAC all-star team.

NWAC women: Nicole Miller of NIC tied for medalist honors at 152 to lead the Cardinals to a 475-477 victory over Bellevue. CC Spokane, led by Hailey Warren’s (Mt. Spokane) third-place finish at 155, finished third at 505.

Miller, Warren and NIC’s Amalia Negrette, who finished fourth at 158, made the NWAC women’s all-star team.

NCAA Division I men: Idaho had half the four individual leaders in the Kohler, Wisconsin, Regional and is tied with 16th-ranked Florida after the first of three rounds.

Vandals Ryan Porch and Daniel Sutton shot 3-under 69s to lead UI to a 5-under 283.

Sean Walsh of Gonzaga rallied from a rough front nine to shoot 2-under on the back side for a par 72 at the Tucson, Arizona, Regional, six back of individual leader Matt Lutz of UC Riverside.

Freshman Carl Yuan shot a bogey-free 7-under 65, good for a tie for second, to lead the No. 23 Washington Huskies to a 5-under 283 and a share of third place in the Franklin, Tennessee, Regional. No. 2 Texas leads at 20-under 268.

Track & field

Washington’s Carson Murray (Rogers) finished third in the men’s high jump at 7 feet, 1/2 inch at the Pac-12 Championships during the weekend in Seattle while teammate Cole Jensen (Shadle Park) finished eighth in the decathlon with 6,945 points.

College baseball

Ian Hamilton, the Washington State junior who limited No. 14 Washington to five hits and two earned runs in a 7-2 series-clinching victory over the Huskies, was named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week. He struck out four as WSU won its first road series of the season and first series win in Seattle since 2004.


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