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Paradise Links: Fall Golf Season Closes In Hawaii
Western Washington sophomore Aidan Thain led GNAC golfers at the Dennis Rose Invitational with a third-place finish.
Western Washington sophomore Aidan Thain led GNAC golfers at the Dennis Rose Invitational with a third-place finish.

Friday, November 1, 2019

PORTLAND, Ore. – The GNAC men’s golf fall season concluded on Wednesday with three teams competing at the Dennis Rose Invitational at the Waikoloa Kings’ Course in Waikoloa, Hawaii.

Concordia and Western Washington led the conference with the two teams finishing tied for fourth place with scores of 885. Saint Martin’s finished three strokes behind the Cavaliers and Vikings to place seventh.

Western Washington sophomore Aidan Thain paced the Vikings and topped the GNAC field, placing third with a score of 3-under-par 213 over three rounds. Junior Brody Bonfilio and senior Ethan Casto also performed well for the Vikings, finishing tied for 24th with scores of 8-over-par 224.

Concordia senior Jaxson Daskalos and Saint Martin’s sophomore Max Turnquist also represented the conference in the top-10. Daskalos finished tied for sixth place with a score of 1-over-par 217 while Turnquist tied for ninth with a score of 3-over-par 219.

Casto was also the top performer at the Otter Invitational on Oct. 21-22 at the Bayonet and Blackhorse Golf Courses in Seaside, California, leading the Vikings with a score of 2-under-par 214 to finish tied for third place. No other GNAC players placed in the top-30.

All six GNAC teams have concluded their fall seasons. Golf will be back in action for the spring season in February.

LAST WEEK’S TOURNAMENTS
Otter Invitational (Oct. 21-22 at the Bayonet and Blackhorse Golf Courses, Seaside, Calif.): Team
- 12, Western Washington, 908. 15, Northwest Nazarene, 935. Individuals - T3, Ethan Casto, Western Washington, 214. T34, Aidan Thain, Western Washington, 226. T48, Henry Bernard, Northwest Nazarene, 231. T54, Isaac Emerson, Northwest Nazarene, 232. T60, Grayson Giboney, Northwest Nazarene, 234.

Dennis Rose Invitational (Oct. 28-30 at the Waikoloa Kings’ Course, Waikoloa, Hawaii): Team - T4, Concordia, 885. T4, Western Washington, 885. 7, Saint Martin’s, 888. Individuals - 3, Aidan Thain, Western Washington, 213. T6, Jaxson Daskalos, Concordia, 217. T9, Max Turnquist, Saint Martin’s, 219. T13, Jorgen Viken, Concordia, 220. 16, Dennis Geissler, Saint Martin’s, 221.

AROUND THE GNAC
CONCORDIA
• Concordia closed out its fall season at the Dennis Rose Invitational in Waikoloa, Hawaii, finishing tied for fourth place with Western Washington with a score of 885.

• Senior Jaxson Daskalos paced the Cavaliers, finishing tied for sixth place with a score of 1-over-par 217. He shot a 73 in the first round then posted a 72 in both the second and third rounds.

• Freshman Jorgen Viken placed in the top-15 at the Dennis Rose Invitational, finishing tied for 13th place with a score of 4-over-par 220. Viken had a low round of 71 in the second round. Freshman Viktor Olund also impressed, finishing tied for 24th with a score of 8-over-par 224.

MONTANA STATE BILLINGS
• Montana State Billings concluded its fall season with a win over Rocky Mountain at the Mike Grob Cup on Oct. 19-20 at the Peter Yegen Golf Glub in Billings.

NORTHWEST NAZARENE
• Northwest Nazarene concluded its fall season with a 15th-place team finish at the Otter Invitational in Seaside, California.

• Senior Henry Bernard had the best individual performance for the Nighthawks, finishing tied for 48th with a score of 231. Junior Isaac Emerson finished tied for 54th with a score of 232.

SAINT MARTIN’S
• Saint Martin’s closed out its fall campaign with a seventh-place finish with a score of 888 at the Dennis Rose Invitational.

• Sophomore Max Turnquist led the Saints, finishing tied for ninth place with a score of 3-over-par 219. His best round at the tournament was a 71 in the second round.

• Sophomore Dennis Geissler finished in 16th place with a score of 5-over-par 221 while junior Tyler Fitchett also impressed, finishing tied for 24th with a score of 8-over-par 224.

SIMON FRASER
• Simon Fraser concluded its fall season with a win at the Concordia Invitational on Oct. 7-8 at the Columbia Edgewater Country Club in Portland, Oregon. The Clan won with a final team score of 858.

WESTERN WASHINGTON
• Western Washington finished in 12th place at the Otter Invitational in Seaside, California then closed out its season tied for fourth place with Concordia with a final score of 885 at the Dennis Rose Invitational on Oct. 28-30 in Waikoloa, Hawaii.

• Senior Ethan Casto shined at the Otter Invitational, finishing tied for third place with a score of 2-under-par 214, which included a low score of 69 in the first round. Sophomore Aidan Thain also performed well for the Vikings, finishing tied for 34th with a score of 10-over-par 226.

• Thain was the top performer for the Vikings at the Dennis Rose Invitational, finishing in third place with a score of 3-under-par 213. He shot under par in the second and third rounds to edge out UC-San Diego’s Hayden Hui by one stroke to finish in third.

• Casto and junior Brody Bonfilio tied for 24th place with scores of 8-over-par 224. Bonfilio turned in an 82 in the first round but bounced back and shot a 68 in the second round to keep pace with the rest of the field.

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