Wenatchee golfers team up top win Washington Best-Ball tourney

Updated: June 30, 2011

Nick Ellis of East Wenatchee and Rob Matson of Wenatchee pulled away from the field to win the 55th Annual Washington State Men’s Best-Ball Championship at Wine Valley Golf Club in Walla Walla. Kirk Galbraith and Chris Indall, both of Richland went wire-to-wire to capture the 14th Annual Senior Men’s Best-Ball Championship. The gusty winds on the Dan Hixson links-style course made for a demanding final round for all 92 teams in the field.

Ellis and Matson went into the final round paired with their fellow co-leaders, Bob Conrad and Greg Richards, both of Bellevue, at 3-under par. Ellis and Matson would quickly gain the lead with a birdie on hole #1 and never looked back, posting a 3-under par 69 to bring their two-day winning total to 6-under par 138.

In a four-way tie for second place at 3-under par 141 were; Brad Treadwell of Seattle and Andrew Larson of Mukilteo, Tom Herrick of Olympia and Michael Kloenne of West Linn, Ore., David Nuhn of Moscow, Idaho and Aaron Curtis of Richland, and Tom Brandes of Bellevue and Alex Stamey of Mill Creek.

In the Senior Division, Galbraith and Indall made four birdies, two on the front and two on the back with only two bogeys, for a final round of 2-under par 70, giving them a two-day winning total of 5-under par 139.