WWU holds 17-stroke lead after first day at GNAC Championships
April 23, 2012
COEUR d'ALENE, Id. - Holding down the top three places in medalist play, Western Washington University has a 17-shot lead entering Tuesday's final round at the fifth annual Great Northwest Athletic Conference Men's Golf Championships being held at the Coeur d'Alene Resort Golf Course.
Action begins at 7:30 a.m.
The Vikings, who have won the first four GNAC titles, had rounds of 284 and 289 for a 36-hole total of 573. Saint Martin's and Northwest Nazarene are tied for second in the five-team field, each shooting 590.
WWU's Craig Crawford (So., Stanwood/Highland Christian) (65-76) and defending champion Nick Varelia (Sr., Kent/Kentwood) (73-68) are tied for first individually at 1-under par 141. Crawford tied the tourney record, shooting 6-under 65 in the opening round.
The Vikings' Dylan Goodwin (Jr., Mukilteo/Kamiak) is third, just two strokes back, at 143 (71-72).
"I'm a little surprised because we didn't play a good afternoon round and, except for Crawford, we didn't play that solid in the morning," said WWU coach Steve Card (19th year). "I don't know if it was because of the heat and our guys got a little tired, but we lost a lot of shots on the back nine."
"I'm looking for all five of our guys to shoot good rounds tomorrow. We need a good round so that we can go to regionals with confidence."
WWU is ranked No.7 in the latest Golf Coaches Association of America/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll
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