April 2, 2012
MIAMI SHORES, Fl. -
Western Washington University's Dylan Goodwin (Jr., Mukilteo/Kamiak) shot 2-under par 140 over 36 holes and is tied for seventh in medalist play and the Vikings are eighth in a 14-team field following first-day action Monday at the Barry University Buccaneer Invitational being played at the Normandy Shores Golf Club.
Final-round play begins at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.
Goodwin posted rounds of 68 and 72 on Monday. He is six shots behind leader Oscar Lengden from Nova Southeastern, who shot 8-under 134 (69-65). Lengden holds a one-shot advantage of Sonny Mitchaud of Laval University at 135 (64-71).
WWU, ranked No.10 in the latest Golf Coaches Association of America/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, had rounds of 288 and 291 for a 579 total.
Laval (278-284), located in Quebec, Canada, is tied with nationally No.1-ranked Barry (281-281) for the team lead at 6-under 562. Barry is the four-time defending champion.
No.3-ranked Cal State Stanislaus (285-283) is tied with No.4 Nova Southeastern (287-281) for third at 568 and No.2 Lynn (284-286) is fifth at 570.
"This is a very strong field with the top four nationally ranked teams," said WWU coach Steve Card (19th year). "If we're fortunate enough to advance to nationals, this is the competition that we will face there."
WWU's Nick Varelia (Sr., Kent/Kentwood) is tied for 25th at 144 (73-71) and Jake Webb (Jr., Issaquah/Skyline) is tied for 37th at 147 (73-74). Craig Crawford (So., Stanwood/Highland Christian) is tied for 44th at 148 (74-74) and Brian Barhanovich (Sr., Everett) is tied for 48th at 149 (75-74).
"It was a bit of a struggle today," Card said. "We were never able to get any momentum going. The guys struggled with the driver, catching a number of water hazards which cost us dearly."
Arnold Palmer, Sam Snead and Peter Thompson are a few of the golf legends who played Normandy Shores regularly.