Vikings struggle on second nine, eighth after first day at NCAA II Central/West Super Regional
May 4, 2009
LINCOLN, Neb. - After struggling on the second nine, the No.3-seed Western Washington University men's golf team is eighth among 20 teams after Monday's first round at the NCAA Division II Central/West Super Regional being played at the 7,016-yard Wilderness Ridge Golf Club.
The top five teams in the three-day, 54-hole event advance to the NCAA II National Championships on May 19-22 at the Loomis Trail Golf Club in Blaine.
Defending champion Sonoma State shot an even par 284 and holds a five-shot lead over second-place Colorado-Colorado Springs. Cal State Stanislaus and Chico State tied for third at 290.
Cal State San Bernardino is fifth at 294, Cal State Monterey Bay sixth at 298 and Colorado Christian seventh at 300.
The Vikings, who began play on the back nine, shot 18-over 302, 12 over on the front nine.
"We were playing just fine after the first nine, but the second nine today was just a disaster," said Western head coach Steve Card. "It was a disappointing day, but there's a lot of golf to be played, so we have to turn it around and shoot a good round tomorrow.
The Vikings were led by Jake Koppenberg (Sr., Everett), who shot a 2-over 73 and is in a seven-way tie for 13th. He is eight shots behind medalist leader Brandon Harkins from Chico State, who fired a 6-under 65. Harkins holds a one-shot lead over Danny Hoff from Cal State Stanislaus and Jarin Todd from Sonoma State.
Webb was four over on the second nine, Peters six over and Jun 10 over.
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