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April 23, 2013 3-he Watchdog  SPORTS 11 " BC Men's golf season ahead Lauren Putnam Staff Reporter With spring in the air, sun breaks gracing Bellevue College campus daily, and spring quarter off to a start, it's that time of the year again for BC Men's Golf to open up to another season. With Coach Kirk Johanson and Captain of the Men's Golf team Colten Kleis at the lead, the seven man team is ready yet again to take on its opponents for the season. Kleis, Captain of the BC Men's Golf Team, has been under Johanson's coaching for the past two years, this being his last season on the team. His journey with golf began his freshman year at Juanita High School. "My favorite part of being on this team is playing competitively against some good players and also being able to play and practice at a nice course with great facilities." When it comes to coaching, Johanson said, "My favorite part of being the BC Golf Coach is helping the players. I really enjoy teaching and helping the Left: Coltein Kleis takes a swing. The sophomore and BC golf veteran also captains the team. He joined the team during the 2011-2012 season and has helped lead the BC golfers to victory many times. Photo courtesy of Rich Dworkis and BC athletics Right: BC golf newcomer Jack Stricldand elegantly positions his club in preparation for a huge swing. Stricldand has been an asset to the team since joining in 2013. Photo courtesy of Rich Dworkis and BC athletics kids get to the next level. "I feel we have a great in Southwestern Oregon Whether that's playing chance to do it. The guys at Coos Bay. "We play at golf at a four year school, have been working very Bandon Dunes, which has 5 or moving on to another hard and it shows in their courses cut right along the college to finish their results," said Johanson. Pacific Ocean," Kleis said, degree. It's very rewarding Inordertogetreadyfor "Coos Bay is also a really and I'm very proud of their upcoming tournaments fun town to stay in. It's a the student athletes we and championships, Kleis pretty small city so you're have in our program." said the men practice four always within walking With the season to five times weekly, and distance from the beach." beginning, both Johanson sometimes more if they While this season and Kleis both have have a tourney approaching, is already off to its start, one goal in mind for According to Captain Kleis, the BC Men's Golf team the team: winning the the team specifically gets will have tryouts in the Conference Championship excited and looks forward fall and again next spring. at the end of the season, to the tournament hosted They practice Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at the Glendale Country Club located in Bellevue. For those that are planning on trying out, Johanson said, "Typically the players that are on the team have tournament experience, either previously playing junior golf or in high school." For those who are interested in the BC Men's Golf team, keep an eye out for their results from their upcoming matches. 2013 Men's Golf Schedule April 28-29: The team will travel to Roslyn, Wash. to compete in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges Match at Suncadia Resort. May 12-13: The team will make their way down to Bandon, Ore. for the Southwestern Oregon Invitational at Bandon Dunes Golf Course. May 19-20: The team will finish off their season in Walla Walla, Wash. at the NWAACC Championships at WaUa Walla Community College and at Veteran's Memorial Golf Course. 2013 Men's Golf Team Eric Frank Colten Kleis Ryan Maul Brandon Shin JJ Shultz Greg Spencer Jack Strickland Join us for a campus tour! Monday- Friday, 3 p.m. Inspiring Innovation ,.a Creativity 425.352.5000 I