March 10, 2009
MISSION VIEJO, Calif. - Western Washington University's Jake Koppenberg (Sr., Everett) tied for 12th in medalist play and the Vikings placed seventh among 15 teams at the 48th annual Southern California Intercollegiate Men's Golf Championship that ended Tuesday on the 7,123-yard Mission Viejo Country Club course.
The Vikings shot a final-round 320 for a 54-hole total of 942. Cal State San Bernardino, which trailed co-leader Central Oklahoma and Lynn FL by one stroke following 36 holes Monday, posted a 298 to win by 10 strokes at 912.
Central Oklahoma was second at 922 (309), with Lynn (311) and St. Edward's TX (306) tied at 924. Washburn KS was fifth (306=929) and Abilene Christian sixth (320=942).
"The golf course setup was brutal," said Western coach Steve Card. "The greens were rolling at literally U.S. Open speeds and the hole locations were severe on an already challenging layout."
"It was just survival out there, with bad shots being magnified and good shots not necessarily being rewarded and that's a tough combination."
Koppenberg shot a 7-over par 78 to finish in a six-way tie for 12th at 232. That snapped his string of three straight tournaments placing among the top 10.
The Vikings' Thomas Jun (So., Federal Way) tied for 22nd at 236 (80) and Sandy Vaughan (Fr., Seattle/O'Dea) tied for 36th at 239 (79). Nick Varelia (Fr., Kent/Kentwood) tied for 44th at 242 (82) and Julian Peters (Jr., Mukilteo/Kamiak) tied for 48th at 243 (83).
Washburn's Matt Ewald, who trailed by two strokes entering the day, shot an even par 71, the lowest round of the tournament, to win by six strokes at 6-over 219.
Western next competes in the Grand Canyon Spring Invitational on March 30-31 at Goodyear, Ari.
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