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Senior Nick Sparling and Freshman Jordan Lee were All-West Region selections for 2018-19. PHOTO: WWU Athletics

Pair of Vikings Earn All-West Region Honors

May 23, 2019 

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Western Washington University senior Nick Sparling and freshman Jordan Lee were selected to the Division II PING All-West Region team announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

 

Sparling and Lee join an elite group of Vikings that have been selected to the All-West Region team by the GCAA dating back to 2005, with the senior trio of Chris Hatch, Brett Johnson and Jeffrey Marcum last earning All-Region honors in 2016-17.

 

Lee (Tacoma, WA/Bellarmine Prep) led WWU with a season scoring average of 72.28 (+0.47 to par), turning in 16 rounds of par or better and recording a tournament win at the Concordia Invitational. Lee was selected as the GNAC Player and Freshman of the Year, leading the conference in scoring average and tying for 2nd place at the GNAC Championships. His season scoring average established a program freshman record and is 3rd-best in program history (relative to par) trailing only former All-American Jake Koppenberg.

 

Sparling (Dublin, OH/Dublin Coffman/Ohio State) played in all 11 tournaments and 32 rounds for the Vikings in 2018-19, ranking 3rdon the team with a scoring average of 72.56 (+0.75 to par). Sparling led the Vikings with 17 rounds of par or better and had five top-10 finishes to earn First Team All-GNAC honors. He was the highest placing WWU player at the NCAA II Regional Championships, finishing in a tie for 38th place. Sparling’s senior season scoring average enters the WWU record book as 8th-best in program history.

 

The Vikings put together another successful season in 2018-19, winning six of 11 tournaments and claimed the program’s ninth GNAC Championships title. WWU qualified as the No. 2 West Region seed for the NCAA Division II Championships, but placed 16thin the 20-team field to close out the season. WWU was ranked in the top five in the nation consistently throughout the season.

 

2018-19 DIVISION II PING ALL-WEST REGION TEAM

Will Barnett, CSU East Bay

Blake Bourelle, Sonoma State

Spencer Clapp, Sonoma State

Devin Gregg, Sonoma State

Matthew Hedges, CSU Monterey Bay

Hayden Hui, UC San Diego

Jordan Lee, Western Washington

Kobie Lockwood, Stanislaus State

Josh McCollum, Chico State

Nick Sparling, Western Washington

Kelley Sullivan, Chico State

Elis Svard, CSU Monterey Bay

 

WWU GCAA ALL-WEST REGION PLAYERS

Here is a listing of WWU players to earn GCAA All-West Region honors dating back to 2002:

 

2002

Lindsay Bernakevitch

 

2003

Tim Feenstra

 

2004

Chris Anderson

 

2005

Tim Feenstra

Luke Bennett

Josh Immordino 

 

2006

Sean Packer

Tim Feenstra

Luke Bennett

 

2008

Jake Koppenberg

Sean Packer

 

2009

Jake Koppenberg

 

2010

Xavier Dailly

 

2011

Dylan Goodwin

 

2012

Dylan Goodwin

Nick Varelia

 

2013

Kyle Schrader

Mark Strickland

Jake Webb 

 

2016

Brett Johnson

 

2017

Chris Hatch

Brett Johnson

Jeffrey Marcum

 

2019

Jordan Lee

Nick Sparling

 

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