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Bellingham’s Nolan signs to play golf at Gonzaga

Bellingham’ Nick Nolan tees off during the 41st annual Bellingham Amateur at Lake Padden Golf Course on Sept. 7. Nolan has signed a National Letter of Intent to play at Gonzaga.
Bellingham’ Nick Nolan tees off during the 41st annual Bellingham Amateur at Lake Padden Golf Course on Sept. 7. Nolan has signed a National Letter of Intent to play at Gonzaga. The Bellingham Herald

Gonzaga announced on Saturday, Nov. 14, that Bellingham senior Nick Nolan has signed a national letter of intent to play golf for the Bulldogs beginning next fall.

Nolan placed second last spring at the Class 2A state championship, carding a course-record 64 during the second round. He was named All-Northwest Conference in 2014 and ’15, and is currently ranked fifth in the state and 250th in the nation in the Class of 2016, according to the release.

“Nick has solid distance off the tee, has a great attitude on the course and he can make a lot of birdies,” Gonzaga coach Robert Gray said in a school press release. “He’s shot a number of very low rounds and when he gets it going, it’s fun to watch. He’s very self-motivated to improve on every aspect of his game and not a stranger to hard work. He’s made remarkable strides this year and with 10 months before arriving here, he’ll only be better.”

Nolan also was a semifinalist at the 2015 PNGA Junior Boys Championship with rounds of 66 and 71 and placed sixth at the 2015 WJGA State Championship.

On top of that, Nolan is on the honor roll at Bellingham with a 3.9 GPA.

“I knew Gonzaga was the right fit for me the first time I stepped onto the campus,” Nolan said. “What a welcoming community. With its outstanding reputation and small class sizes, I knew that I would receive an excellent, more individualized education. Additionally, the strong men’s golf program and facilities was a big draw for me.”

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