Vikings win third straight GNAC championship

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April 20, 2010

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COEUR D'ALENE, Id. - Western Washington University's Xavier Dailly (Jr., Burlington/Burlington-Edison) edged teammate Julian Peters (Sr., Mukilteo/Kamiak) by one stroke for medalist honors and the Vikings shot a tournament course record 10-under par 274 to win its third straight Great Northwest Athletic Conference Men's Golf Championship on Tuesday at the Coeur d'Alene (Id.) Resort Golf Course.

"It was really nice to see our guys play so well," said Western coach Steve Card (17th year). "It's the best we've played all spring."

"It was very important for us to come over here and play well, not only to win the conference championship, but to gain confidence for regionals."

Western, which posted rounds of 283 and 293 on Monday, finished with a 54-hole total of 2-under 850, also a tournament record. That was 28 strokes better than runner-up Saint Martin's, which shot a final-round 282, the second-best round of the tourney. Northwest Nazarene was third at 918 (303) and Montana State Billings fourth at 927 (311).

Peters and Saint Martin's Michael Jaeger each shot tournament course record 5-under 66s on Tuesday. But Dailly, who led by two strokes after the first two rounds, sank an 8-foot par putt on the final hole for a 67 and the individual title at 4-under 209. That was one shot better than Peters, the only Viking to be on all three GNAC title-winning squads, who finished at 3-under 210.

Jaeger was third at 215, with Western's Patrick Boag (Jr., Yakima/Eisenhower) fourth at 218 (73). The Vikings' Nick Varelia (So., Kent/Kentwood) placed seventh at 221 (68) and Sam Ayotte (Jr., Corvallis, OR/Crescent City) was eighth at 224 (78).

Ayotte was the first-round leader by three strokes after firing a 4-under 67 that included an eagle 2 on the 269-yard 17th hole. But he injured his back and shot 79 in the second round.

Dailly entered the tourney as the GNAC scoring leader with a 72.3 strokes per round average and now has had top 10 finishes in seven of Western's 10 tournaments this season.

Western ranks No.16 nationally in the latest Golf World/NIKE/Golf Coaches Association of America NCAA Division II Top 25 and No.5 in the West Region. Overall, it was the 27th conference title for the Vikings, who have now won 47 league, district and regional championships, the most by any sport in school history.

In each of the last two years at the GNAC Championships, Western overcame three-stroke, first-day deficits. The Vikings won by three shots in 2009 and were victorious by five strokes in 2008.

Western now awaits the NCAA II West Super Regional field announcement Friday.

Men's Golf: Dailly, Vikings Win GNAC Titles

Xavier Dailly of Western Washington shot a four-under par 67 to finish with a tournament-record score of four-under 209 leading Western Washington to its third consecutive Great Northwest Athletic Conference golf championship Tuesday at the Coeur d'Alene Resort Golf Course.

Dailly edged teammate Julian Peters by one shot for medalist honors. Peters was one of two golfers to card a GNAC tournament Coeur d'Alene course record of 66 Tuesday, breaking the one-day old record of 67 set by WWU's Sam Ayotte in Monday's opening round.

Dailly, who led by two strokes after the first two rounds, sank an eight-foot par putt on the final hole for a 67 and the individual title avoiding a playoff with Peters, the only Viking to be on all three GNAC title-winning squads.

Saint Martin's Michael Jaeger also carded a 66 and finished in third with a 215 total, six shots back of Dailly. Patrick Boag of Western Washington finished fourth with a 218 total after shooting 73 Tuesday. Justin Lanman of Saint Martin's was fifth with a 219 score, including a one-under par 70 Tuesday.

Western Washington set team records for lowest round and lowest 54-hole score. Its 10-under par 274 team score Tuesday bettered its record-score of 283 it set Monday.

The Vikings broke the former 54-hole record they set last season by 22 shots, finishing with a 850 total, 28 ahead of second-place Saint Martin's, which also bettered the previous team record for lowest round with a two-under-par 282 in the final round.

"It was really nice to see our guys play so well," said 17th-year WWU coach Steve Card. "It's the best we've played all spring.

"It was very important for us to come over here and play well, not only to win the conference championship, but to gain confidence for regionals."

Northwest Nazarene finished third at 918 as Zach Grunig and Rowdy Hope tied for 10th with 228 totals. Hope had a 73 and Grunig carded a 77 Tuesday.

Montana State Billings ended up fourth at 927. Kyle Armstrong led the Yellowjackets, placing ninth with a 226 total, including a 74 Tuesday.

GNAC Championships (Apr. 19-20 at Coeur d'Alene Resort Golf Club): Team Scores - 1. Western Washington 850 (283-293-274); 2. Saint Martin's 878 (304-292-282); 3. Northwest Nazarene 918 (315-300-303); 4. Montana State Billings 927 (312-304-311). Individuals (Par 71, 6,803 Yards) - 1. Xavier Dailly, WWU, 209 (70-72-67); 2. Julian Peters, WWU, 210 (72-72-66); 3. Michael Jaeger, SMU, 215 (76-73-66); 4. Patrick Boag, WWU, 218 (74-71-73); 5. Justin Lanman, SMU, 219 (77-72-70); 6. Zach Dietz, SMU, 220 (74-72-74); 7. Nick Varelia, WWU, 221 (75-78-68); 8. Sam Ayotte, WWU, 224 (67-79-78); 9. Kyle Armstrong, MSUB, 226 (75-77-74); 10. Zach Grunig, NNU, 228 (76-75-77) and Rowdy Hope, NNU, 228 (81-74-73); 12. Aaron VandeHey, NNU, 231 (81-73-77) and Chris Richter, MSUB, 231 (80-70-81); 14. Jack Whealdon, SMU, 232 (77-83-72); 15. Kevin Jech, SMU, 233 (82-75-76); 16. Jake Harr, MSUB, 235 (79-76-80); 17. Jeff McDonald, NNU, 236 (77-78-81); 18. Jeff Allen, MSUB, 238 (78-84-76); 19. Leon Vasquez, NNU, 242 (83-83-76); 20. Travis Gates, MSUB, 243 (81-81-81).