March 5, 2012
VALLEJO, Calif. - Dylan Goodwin (Jr., Mukilteo/Kamiak) is third and Nick Varelia (Sr., Kent/Kentwood) fourth in medalist play for nationally ranked Western Washington University, which is third among 13 teams following first-day action Monday at the Cal State University East Bay Men's Golf Pioneer Shootout being held at the Hiddenbrooke Golf Club.
Tuesday's final round begins at 7:15 a.m.
The Vikings, ranked No.8 in the latest Golf Coaches Association of America/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, shot rounds of 302 and 304 for a 36-hole total of 606.
WWU is 12 strokes behind leader Grand Canyon at 594. The Antelopes had an opening round of even par 288, the best of the day. Host Cal State East Bay is second at 601 (299-302).
"We had a disappointing morning round except for Dylan and Nick," said WWU coach Steve Card (19th year). "Then the weather conditions got very challenging in the afternoon.
"It's supposed to be windy again tomorrow and we'll need an exceptional round in those conditions to get back in this thing."
Goodwin posted rounds of 72 and 74 for a 2-over par 146, and Varelia shot 2-under 70 and 78.
WWU's Jake Webb (Jr., Issaquah/Skyline) (81-75) and Brian Barhanovich (Sr., Everett) (79-77) are among eight players tied for 32nd at 156. Evan Needham (Jr., Lynden/Meridian) is tied for 55th at 163 (84-79).
Tied for first at 1-under 143 are Grand Canyon's Brandon Moore (69-74) and Cal State East Bay's Chris Herzog (72-71).
This is the first spring tourney for WWU, which placed among the top three teams in all five of its fall tournaments.
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