Blog 112, 4/19/11 - Vikings Claim Fourth Straight GNAC Title

Well played Nick!
The Vikings asserted their dominance over fellow Great Northwest Athletic Conference teams again today, cruising to a 20-stroke victory in the fourth annual GNAC Championship, played on the 6,803-yard, Par 71 Coeur d'Alene Resort Course in Coeur d'Alene, ID. Western has now won all four GNAC Championships, this year's margin of victory ranking second to last year's 28-shot win.
“It’s always nice to win this championship,” said coach Steve Card. “I was very pleased with how we played today, again in some tough conditions. They battled and got the job done.”
The five-man team finished the three rounds on 32-over 884 with Nick Varelia winning individual honors, and his first collegiate title, with a 54-hole total of two-over 217. For the second day in a row, the junior from Kent shot the 25-man field's lowest score, his final-round 71 building a seven-shot gap between him and St Martin's Zach Dietz in second.
“Nick hit the ball great,” said Card. “He was definitely the class of the field.”
The Vikings’ Xavier Dailly finished in third place on 11-over 224 while Dylan Goodwin was tied for fourth on 226 after a final-round 80. Sandy Vaughan tied for seventh on 227 after a closing 74, and Brian Barhanovich finished in a tie for ninth on 229 with a fine two-over 73.
The Vikings, ranked No.5 in the latest Golf Coaches Association of America Golf World/NIKE Golf Top 25, next compete in the NCAA II West/Central Super Regional in Albuquerque, NM., May 2-4.
Results here.

The cover: For 48 grand, I want my 'G's to look like 'G's.
Here's a great gift idea for the golfer in the family. Today it was announced that a company called Wonderland Publications, based in Burton-on-Trent in the English Midlands, had published a rather hefty book weighing in at 82lbs and measuring 3ft wide, 18 inches high and five inches thick. Elaborately-titled 'Golf', the book was created by artists Paul Skellet and Simon Weitzman and is described as being 'museum-grade'. If you do want to give an original copy to a member of the family as a stocking stuffer this Christmas, you'll need to order it quickly as only ten copies have been made. The paper in this 140-page tome is hand-torn, and the folio is bound into an extremely rare 400 year-old Russian Hide leather cover. It is embellished with ornate gold blocking and elaborate gold furnishings. The originals are signed and numbered by the artists and former European Ryder Cup Captain Colin Montgomerie. It is delivered in an oak slipcase box.
What would you pay for a book like this...$9.99? $19.99? $29.99 even? Try $48,000.
But if that's a little spendy, don't worry as 2,100 Collector Edition copies are being made available at the somewhat more manageable (though still pretty steep) price of $562. That price remains in place until July after which it goes up to $630. Each copy is bound in leather, gold blocked and gilded and delivered in a leather and silk slipcase.
One wonders how many copies of the original they'll be stocking at the Barnes and Noble on Meridian St.
More info here.
Do you have space on your bookshelves for this?

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