Western leads West Region by one shot, Bennett tied for top spot in medalist play

WWUVIKINGSDOTCOM Luke Bennett
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Luke Bennett
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Led by a 4-under 68 by Luke Bennett (So., Bellingham/Sehome), host Western Washington University holds a one-shot lead in the West Region standings after the opening round Monday of the NCAA Division II Men's Golf West/Northwest Super Regional at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club.

The Vikings posted a 5-under-par 283 on the 6523-yard, par-72 course, one shot better than UC San Diego (284). Chico State, which is ranked No.1 in NCAA II by Golfstat and was 10-under at one point in the opening round, is at 287, and Cal State Stanislaus sits one shot further back with an even-par 288.

"It was a good start for us, but we need to continue to play well," said Western coach Steve Card. "In this region, no lead is safe, you have to keep playing well every round, but I'm happy with the start."

Bennett shares the individual lead in the West, which features six of the top 12 ranked teams in NCAA II, with Joe Dolby of UC San Diego. Bennett, Western's No.4 player in stroke average (74.6), matched his season-best with the 68. He started hot, opening with an eagle on the par-five No.1, one of just three eagles on the day, then getting a birdie on the par-four No.2.

"Luke got off to a great start," Card said. "He was three under right out of the gate, and he started feeding off of that the rest of the round. He was never really in jeopardy of making any bogeys, he just had one blemish when he three-putted at No.6."

Four players are a shot back at 3-under 69, including Western's Chris Anderson (Oak Harbor/Papillion-La Vista NB), who placed second in the Western Invitational on the same course last September. Three of Anderson's four sub-70 collegiate rounds have come on the Bellingham G&CC course.

"Chris is playing well right now," said Card. "His 69 was a very solid round of golf. It was nothing super spectacular, it was just good golf. "

A total of 11 West Region players were under par in the opening round, including Western's Josh Immordino (Sr., Kent/Kentwood), who had a 1-under 71. Included in a group of six players at even par are Chico State's J.J. Jakovac, the top-rated player in NCAA II by Golfstat, and Saint Martin's Shane Prante, who won the Western Invitational last fall with a record score of 14-under-par.

Western's Tim Feenstra (So., Lynden) had a 75, and Sean Packer (Fr., Sumner/Auburn Riverside) shot a 79.

In the Northwest Region, North Dakota State holds the lead with a 9-over-par 297. Fort Lewis, Colo., is two shots back at 299, and seven of the eight teams in the field are within six shots of the lead.

Greg Davis of Nebraska-Kearney and Brett Swedberg of St. Cloud State, Minn., share the individual lead in the Northwest at even-par 72. Three players are at 1-over.

The two regions play separate but simultaneous competitions on the same course. Ten regional team champions across the country at the five super regionals earn automatic berths in the NCAA II National Championships on May 12-15 at Orlando, Fla. Eight at-large berths are also available to teams finishing in the top five in their regional tourney.

Second-round play in the 54-hole event begins at 8 a.m. Tuesday, with the final round Wednesday.

                         NCAA Division II Men's West Regional
                         Bellingham G&CC          Bellingham, WA
                         Dates: 05/03 - 05/05     (Today:05-02-2004)
                                   Par:        72
                                   Yardage:  6523

Fin. School Scores 1 Western Washington U 283 -5 2 UC San Diego 284 -4 3 CSU-Chico 287 -1 4 CSU-Stanislaus 288 E 5 CSU-Bakersfield 290 +2 6 St. Martin's College 293 +5 7 Hawaii-Hilo, U. of 295 +7 8 Grand Canyon Univ. 306 +18

NCAA Division II Men's West Regional * Individual Bellingham G&CC Bellingham, WA Dates: 05/03 - 05/05 (Today:05-02-2004) Par: 72 Yardage: 6523

Fin. Name School Scores 1 Joe Dolby UCSD 36- 32 68 -4 Luke Bennett W. Wash U. 35- 33 68 -4

3 Ryan Thornberry CSUStanis 36- 33 69 -3 Chris Anderson W. Wash U. 35- 34 69 -3 Jeff King CSUStanis 36- 33 69 -3 Benjamin Knight Chico St. 36- 33 69 -3

7 Alan Scheer UCSD 36- 34 70 -2 Greg Lopez CSUB 36- 34 70 -2 Jared Bouchey StMartin's 36- 34 70 -2

10 Josh Immordino W. Wash U. 37- 34 71 -1 Brian Duckworth UCSD 39- 32 71 -1

12 Nick Mason Haw.-Hilo 38- 34 72 E Shane Prante StMartin's 35- 37 72 E D.J. Fernando CSUB 37- 35 72 E J.J. Jakovac Chico St. 35- 37 72 E Marc Peterson Chico St. 35- 37 72 E Colin Gilliam Haw.-Hilo 38- 34 72 E

18 Steve Lamb Gnd Canyon 37- 36 73 +1

19 Billy Moon CSUStanis 39- 35 74 +2 Tony Orlandini CSUB 39- 35 74 +2 Chris Massoletti Chico St. 38- 36 74 +2 Kris Swanson StMartin's 35- 39 74 +2 Kevin Starr CSUB 39- 35 74 +2 Jess Stimack Chico St. 38- 36 74 +2

25 Justin Stover Gnd Canyon 37- 38 75 +3 Tim Feenstra W. Wash U. 38- 37 75 +3 Kevin Shimomura Haw.-Hilo 39- 36 75 +3 Ryo Yamada UCSD 39- 36 75 +3

29 *Adam Lewis Sonoma St. 41- 35 76 +4 Garrett Okamura Haw.-Hilo 39- 37 76 +4 Ron Killmer CSUB 39- 37 76 +4 Keith Ornales CSUStanis 38- 38 76 +4

33 *Bryan Newman CSUDH 41- 36 77 +5 *Ryan Plummer CSUSB 38- 39 77 +5 *Andy Ainsworth W New Mex. 41- 36 77 +5 Tom Hinton StMartin's 42- 35 77 +5

37 A.J. Shiffert CSUStanis 42- 36 78 +6 Chris Westrum StMartin's 37- 41 78 +6

39 Jonathan Beaty Gnd Canyon 44- 35 79 +7 Jason Galon Gnd Canyon 42- 37 79 +7 Sean Packer W. Wash U. 38- 41 79 +7

42 *Jason Myers W New Mex. 41- 39 80 +8 Joseph Saliba Haw.-Hilo 38- 42 80 +8 Nick Jones UCSD 37- 43 80 +8

45 Ryan Prew Gnd Canyon 42- 40 82 +10

Fin. School Scores

1 Western Washington U 283 T 1 Luke Bennett 35- 33 68 T 3 Chris Anderson 35- 34 69 T 10 Josh Immordino 37- 34 71 T 25 Tim Feenstra 38- 37 75 T 39 Sean Packer 38- 41 79

2 UC San Diego 284 T 1 Joe Dolby 36- 32 68 T 7 Alan Scheer 36- 34 70 T 10 Brian Duckworth 39- 32 71 T 25 Ryo Yamada 39- 36 75 T 42 Nick Jones 37- 43 80

3 CSU-Chico 287 T 3 Benjamin Knight 36- 33 69 T 12 J.J. Jakovac 35- 37 72 T 12 Marc Peterson 35- 37 72 T 19 Chris Massoletti 38- 36 74 T 19 Jess Stimack 38- 36 74

4 CSU-Stanislaus 288 T 3 Ryan Thornberry 36- 33 69 T 3 Jeff King 36- 33 69 T 19 Billy Moon 39- 35 74 T 29 Keith Ornales 38- 38 76 T 37 A.J. Shiffert 42- 36 78

5 CSU-Bakersfield 290 T 7 Greg Lopez 36- 34 70 T 12 D.J. Fernando 37- 35 72 T 19 Tony Orlandini 39- 35 74 T 19 Kevin Starr 39- 35 74 T 29 Ron Killmer 39- 37 76

6 St. Martin's College 293 T 7 Jared Bouchey 36- 34 70 T 12 Shane Prante 35- 37 72 T 19 Kris Swanson 35- 39 74 T 33 Tom Hinton 42- 35 77 T 37 Chris Westrum 37- 41 78

7 Hawaii-Hilo, U. of 295 T 12 Nick Mason 38- 34 72 T 12 Colin Gilliam 38- 34 72 T 25 Kevin Shimomura 39- 36 75 T 29 Garrett Okamura 39- 37 76 T 42 Joseph Saliba 38- 42 80

8 Grand Canyon Univ. 306 18 Steve Lamb 37- 36 73 T 25 Justin Stover 37- 38 75 T 39 Jonathan Beaty 44- 35 79 T 39 Jason Galon 42- 37 79 45 Ryan Prew 42- 40 82

Fin. Individuals School Scores

T 29 Adam Lewis Sonoma St. 41- 35 76 T 33 Bryan Newman CSUDH 41- 36 77 T 33 Ryan Plummer CSUSB 38- 39 77 T 33 Andy Ainsworth W New Mex. 41- 36 77 T 42 Jason Myers W New Mex. 41- 39 80

NCAA Division II Men's Northwest Regional Bellingham G&CC Bellingham, WA Dates: 05/03 - 05/05 (Today:05-02-2004) Par: 72 Yardage: 6523

Fin. School Scores 1 North Dakota St. U. 297 +9 2 Fort Lewis College 299 +11 3 Minnesota State Univ 302 +14 St. Cloud State Univ 302 +14 5 South Dakota, U. of 303 +15 6 CO State U-Pueblo 305 +17 7 Nebraska-Kearney, U. 307 +19 8 Colorado-CO Springs 309 +21

Fin. Name School Scores 1 Greg Davis Neb-Kearny 37- 35 72 E Brett Swedberg St. Cloud 40- 32 72 E

3 Jon Miller ND State 38- 35 73 +1 *Miles Philpy Regis U. 34- 39 73 +1 Kent Peterson S. Dakota 40- 33 73 +1

6 *Jon Burns Agstana-SD 37- 37 74 +2 Jonathan Lauzon Minn. St. 40- 34 74 +2 *Terry Kragero N. Dakota 37- 37 74 +2 Travis Morton CSU-P 39- 35 74 +2 Todd Taverna ND State 41- 33 74 +2 Mitchell Biss Ft. Lewis 37- 37 74 +2

12 *Cole Nondorf Ft Hays St 38- 37 75 +3 Bobby Foster Ft. Lewis 37- 38 75 +3 *Chris Sylvia Regis U. 37- 38 75 +3 Jason Pendleton Minn. St. 39- 36 75 +3 Eric Johnson ND State 41- 34 75 +3 Chris Little St. Cloud 39- 36 75 +3 Jeremy Lederer Ft. Lewis 36- 39 75 +3 Brock Graff ND State 39- 36 75 +3 Brandon Poncho Ft. Lewis 38- 37 75 +3 Nick Van Etten CO Springs 39- 36 75 +3 Jeff Haskins Ft. Lewis 38- 37 75 +3

23 Jesse Talcott S. Dakota 42- 34 76 +4 Chris Smith CSU-P 41- 35 76 +4 Mark Ruybalid CO Springs 40- 36 76 +4 Ryan Carlson Minn. St. 41- 35 76 +4 Lance Kosch Neb-Kearny 39- 37 76 +4

28 *Jeff Philippe Adams St. 41- 36 77 +5 Jon Sorensen S. Dakota 40- 37 77 +5 Andrew Hedrick CSU-P 39- 38 77 +5 Chris Knight S. Dakota 38- 39 77 +5 Reed Burkholder Minn. St. 38- 39 77 +5 Bob Gartland St. Cloud 39- 38 77 +5

34 Josh Hagstrom St. Cloud 41- 37 78 +6 Chase Wortmann CO Springs 40- 38 78 +6 Scott Kleven CSU-P 38- 40 78 +6

37 Brian Fehr Neb-Kearny 41- 38 79 +7

38 Trenton Daum CO Springs 42- 38 80 +8 Matt Jochum Neb-Kearny 41- 39 80 +8 J.P. Wertz CO Springs 42- 38 80 +8

41 George Butkovich Minn. St. 41- 40 81 +9

42 Robb Bierbaum S. Dakota 46- 36 82 +10 Troy Vigil CSU-P 45- 37 82 +10 Jay Haug ND State 42- 40 82 +10

45 Pete Jameson St. Cloud 41- 42 83 +11

46 Wes Bernt Neb-Kearny 44- 44 88 +16

1 North Dakota St. U. 297 T 3 Jon Miller 38- 35 73 T 6 Todd Taverna 41- 33 74 T 12 Eric Johnson 41- 34 75 T 12 Brock Graff 39- 36 75 T 42 Jay Haug 42- 40 82

2 Fort Lewis College 299 T 6 Mitchell Biss 37- 37 74 T 12 Bobby Foster 37- 38 75 T 12 Jeremy Lederer 36- 39 75 T 12 Brandon Poncho 38- 37 75 T 12 Jeff Haskins 38- 37 75

T 3 Minnesota State Univ 302 T 6 Jonathan Lauzon 40- 34 74 T 12 Jason Pendleton 39- 36 75 T 23 Ryan Carlson 41- 35 76 T 28 Reed Burkholder 38- 39 77 41 George Butkovich 41- 40 81

T 3 St. Cloud State Univ 302 T 1 Brett Swedberg 40- 32 72 T 12 Chris Little 39- 36 75 T 28 Bob Gartland 39- 38 77 T 34 Josh Hagstrom 41- 37 78 45 Pete Jameson 41- 42 83

5 South Dakota, U. of 303 T 3 Kent Peterson 40- 33 73 T 23 Jesse Talcott 42- 34 76 T 28 Jon Sorensen 40- 37 77 T 28 Chris Knight 38- 39 77 T 42 Robb Bierbaum 46- 36 82

6 CO State U-Pueblo 305 T 6 Travis Morton 39- 35 74 T 23 Chris Smith 41- 35 76 T 28 Andrew Hedrick 39- 38 77 T 34 Scott Kleven 38- 40 78 T 42 Troy Vigil 45- 37 82

Fin. School Scores

7 Nebraska-Kearney, U. 307 T 1 Greg Davis 37- 35 72 T 23 Lance Kosch 39- 37 76 37 Brian Fehr 41- 38 79 T 38 Matt Jochum 41- 39 80 46 Wes Bernt 44- 44 88

8 Colorado-CO Springs 309 T 12 Nick Van Etten 39- 36 75 T 23 Mark Ruybalid 40- 36 76 T 34 Chase Wortmann 40- 38 78 T 38 Trenton Daum 42- 38 80 T 38 J.P. Wertz 42- 38 80

Fin. Individuals School Scores

T 3 Miles Philpy Regis U. 34- 39 73 T 6 Jon Burns Agstana-SD 37- 37 74 T 6 Terry Kragero N. Dakota 37- 37 74 T 12 Cole Nondorf Ft Hays St 38- 37 75 T 12 Chris Sylvia Regis U. 37- 38 75 T 28 Jeff Philippe Adams St. 41- 36 77