Western trails by three strokes at GNAC Championship
April 21, 2008
SPOKANE, Wash. - Western Washington University's Jake Koppenberg (Jr., Everett) fired a 3-under par 69 and the Vikings are just three strokes off the lead after playing perhaps the longest round in school history Monday at the first Great Northwest Athletic Conference Men's Golf Championship being held at the Indian Canyon Golf Course.
Tuesday's final round begins at 8 a.m.
Two rounds were slated for Monday, but the first was cancelled because the course was blanketed with snow. The second began at 1 p.m., but because of slow play and an hour weather delay did not end until 7:50 p.m.
Saint Martin's leads the team standings, shooting 3-under 285. The Vikings, ranked sixth nationally in the latest Golf World/NIKE/Golf Coaches Association of America NCAA Division II Top 25, are second at even par 288. Montana State Billings is third (297) and Northwest Nazarene fourth (332).
"Saint Martin's had probably its best round of the year, but our players battled on a pretty tough course no matter what the weather," said Western coach Steve Card. "Hopefully we won't have to deal with the blizzard conditions we had today, and we'll be able to just go out and play golf tomorrow."
Saint Martin's Hiro Nezu is the medalist leader at 7-under 65. Koppenberg is second, four shots behind, followed by the Saints' John Eisentrout, who shot 2-under 70.
Western's Thomas Jun (Fr., Federal Way/Todd Beamer) is fourth, shooting 1-under 71.
The Vikings' Sean Packer (Sr., Sumner/Auburn-Riverside) and Brandon Brown (Jr., Kent/Jefferson) each shot 74 and are in a three-way tie for seventh. Julian Peters (So., Mukilteo/Kamiak) shot 79 and is in a three-way tie for 14th.
Koppenberg entered the tournament leading the GNAC and ranking 10th nationally with a school-record pace scoring average of 71.4. It was his eighth round in the 60s this season.
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