Dec. 8, 2007
SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University head men's golf coach Robert Gray has added two players to his team beginning next fall.
Ross Friehe of Papillion, Neb., and Papillion La Vista South High, and Oliver Grabb out of Boulder, Colo., High have signed letters-of-intent to play for the Bulldogs next fall.
Friehe continues the Nebraska pipeline Gray has established in recent years, joining fellow Nebraskans Brandon Crick (McCook) and Bowdy Ehler (Gering). Crick was the West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year last season.
Friehe finished tied for 14th in both the 2006 and 2007 Nebraska Class A State Tournament, and tied for 49th in 2005. He shot 79-74 for 153 this past fall and 73-78 for 151 as a junior. He is a 2007 USGA Junior Amateur qualifier. He's also an accomplished tennis player, winning the 2005 State Class A title at No. 2 singles. He advanced to the quarterfinals in 2006 and lost in the second round at No. 1 singles in 2004.
Grabb tied for 18th in the 2007 Colorado State 5A Tournament with a 73-82 for 155, and tied for 13th at 150 in 2006 with a 75-75 for a 36-hole total of 150. He was the Boulder High Outstanding Male Athlete recipient for this past fall. He won four high school tournaments last fall.
He finished third in the 2007 Colorado Junior Boys Stroke Play Championship and was a quarterfinalist in the Colorado Junior Boys Match Play Championship. In 2006 he was first-team All-State Regional, and each of the past two seasons has been a Colorado Junior Golf Association Academic All-Star.
"Both of these young men will be great additions to our program," Gray said. "Although we have a veteran team coming back next season, I think both of these young men will compete for spots and challenge the veterans."