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Northwest Notes May 15, 2021

| May 15, 2021 1:00 AM

Fundraiser golf tourney for CHS activities set for June 18

HAYDEN LAKE — The Viking Golf Classic, a fundraiser for Coeur d'Alene High School activities, is scheduled for Friday, June 18 at the Avondale Golf Club.

The four-man scramble event is scheduled for a 1 p.m. shotgun start.

Cost is $125 per player, or $500 per four-person team.

Entry fees include a burger barbecue after the round.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Information: Doug Jaworski, 208-659-4409, jaworski.douglas@gmail.com

Coeur d'Alene native Potter earns Coach of the Year honors

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Dan Potter of Boise State was named Men’s Golf Coach of the Year by the Mountain West Conference.

Potter, a Coeur d'Alene native who played golf at Gonzaga Prep and the University of Washington, led the Broncos to their highest ranking in school history (No. 46 by Golfstat) earlier this season, a victory at the UCSB Collegiate and the NCAA Southwest Regional, May 17-19 in Albuquerque, N.M., their first postseason appearance since 1994.

“It's humbling to receive this award, but the reality is I get a ton of support from people around me,” Potter said. “First off, my wife Julia and I have three young daughters. She keeps our house functioning while I am on the road and she is amazing. Second, I'd like to thank my parents. I became addicted to competitive golf at a young age and they have supported me in every way possible to help me pursue what I love to do. I have also been lucky to coach some amazing players, past and present, and this is a tip of the cap to them and what they have been able to accomplish.”

Area courses rank high in Golf Digest state-by-state rankings

Golf Digest magazine recently rated the top courses in each state for 2021-22.

In Idaho, they are:

1, Gozzer Ranch Golf and Lake Club, Harrison

2, The Golf Club at Black Rock, Coeur d'Alene

3, Tributary (formerly Huntsman Springs), Driggs

4, The Club at Rock Creek, Coeur d’Alene

5, Bronze Buffalo Sporting Club at Teton Springs (formerly Headwaters Club), Victor

6, Circling Raven Golf Club, Worley

7, The Coeur d'Alene Resort Golf Course

8, The Idaho Club, Sandpoint

Gonzaga selected as potential preliminary-round site for baseball

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA Division I Baseball Committee announced Gonzaga's Patterson Baseball Complex and Coach Steve Hertz Field as one of 20 predetermined preliminary-round sites for this year’s NCAA Division I baseball tournament.

Of the 20 sites, the committee will choose 16 to host regional round games; eight of those 16 regional sites will host super regionals.

The 16 final predetermined sites will be revealed at 5:30 p.m. PT on May 30.

The designation of predetermined sites will have no bearing on teams selected to participate or for seeding in the tournament. The championship field will consist of 30 conference automatic qualifiers and 34 at-large qualifies.

Gonzaga (27-13) entered the weekend leading the West Coast Conference with a 14-4 record.

The official bracket and pairings for the tourney will be released at 9 a.m. PT Monday, May 31, on ESPN2.

More honors for EWU's Barriere, Idaho's Walker, others

Earning his fourth All-America honor of the week, Eastern Washington's Eric Barriere earned first-team quarterback honors as The American Football Coaches Association announced their 2021 Spring AFCA Football Championships Subdivision Coaches’ All-America Team on Friday, featuring eight players out of the Big Sky Conference.

Earlier this week he earned honors from Stats Perform, the Associated Press and the FCS ADA.

Barriere is joined on the All-America first-team by fellow Eagle offensive lineman Tristen Taylor, and Weber State OL member Ty Whitworth.

UC Davis’ Daniel Whelan was named the first-team punter.

The Big Sky also had four players named second-team All-Americans — wide receiver Talolo Limu-Jones (Eastern Washington), linebacker Tre Walker (Idaho), defensive back Preston Smith (Weber State) and kicker Luis Aguilar (Northern Arizona).

The Walter Payton Award winner for the top player in FCS football is scheduled to be announced this morning.