Men's Golf in 12th Place at NCAA Championships

May 22, 2017

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The Western Washington University men’s golf team is in 12th place after the first round of the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championships played Monday at Reunion Resort.

The Vikings recorded an opening-round team score of 11-over-par 291 on the Par 70, 7,054-yard Tom Watson Course at Reunion Resort. WWU had one of the early tee times on the day at 7:30 am, and had to wait until later in the afternoon to see its score move them to 12th in the 20-team field.

With 36 holes remaining in stroke play (Tuesday and Wednesday), the Vikings must move up the leaderboard to one of the top eight spots to qualify for the match play round. The eighth-place teams currently stand at +7, just four shots ahead of the Vikings. The tightly-packed field features 10 teams all within eight strokes of each other spanning places 7-16. WWU is second amongst the five qualifying West Region schools, two shots back of Stanislaus State (T10th, +9) and one stroke better than 13th-place California Baptist (+12, 292).

Barry (-6, 274), West Florida (-4, 276), Florida Tech (-3, 277) and Florida Southern (E, 280) hold the top four sports in the team standings while playing the national tournament in their home state.

“We had a little trouble around the greens today, but nothing these guys can’t get dialed in by tomorrow,” said head coach Luke Bennett. “We grinded out there and hung in there. It’s only the first round and we are right there in the hunt, which is all you can ask for.”

Senior Brett Johnson (Ridgefield, WA/Oregon State) led the Western contingent firing an even-par round of 70 to open the tournament in a 10-way tie for 17th place. The two-time First Team All-GNAC selection recorded three birdies, one bogey and a double-bogey in his opening round to turn in one of the 26 rounds of par or better in the 108-player field. Johnson was WWU’s highest finisher at the West/South Central Super Regional tying for 6th place.

“Brett played solid from start to finish and very easily could have been under par,” said Bennett.

Senior Chris Hatch (Mukilteo, WA/Kamiak) and freshman Ethan Casto (Snohomish, WA) turned in solid rounds of 3-over-par 73 to tie for 48th place. Senior Jeffrey Marcum (Richland, WA/South Mountain CC) stands in a tie for 68th place at 5-over-par (75) and sophomore Michael Butler (Sammamish, WA/Skyline) is tied for 78th at 6-over-par (76). Marcum finished his round with an even-par 35 on the back nine, and had only one bogey over the final 11 holes.

“Ethan played much better than his score, but had some unfortunate bogeys to end his round,” added Bennett. “Chris really grinded all day and made a few outstanding up-and-down pars when he needed to.”

Florida Southern’s John Coultas holds a one-stroke lead for individual medalist honors with an opening-round 5-under-par 65.

Fans and media can follow the second round leaderboard and team standings via Golfstat. WWU will tee off in the second round starting at 12 pm ET/9 am PT on the 10th hole.

Here is a complete listing of WWU’s competitors in the NCAA Division II Championships and the complete team leaderboard:

2017 NCAA Division II Championships
Reunion Resort – Watson Course (Par 70 – 7,054 Yards)

Pos.

Team/Player

To Par

Rd 1

Rd 2

Rd 3

Total

12

Western Washington

+11

291

--

--

291

T17

Brett Johnson

E

70

--

--

70

T48

Chris Hatch

+3

73

--

--

73

T48

Ethan Casto

+3

73

--

--

73

T68

Jeffrey Marcum

+5

75

--

--

75

T78

Michael Butler

+6

76

--

--

76

Pos.

Team

To Par

Rd 1

Rd 2

Rd 3

Total

1.

Barry

-6

274

--

--

274

2.

West Florida

-4

276

--

--

276

3.

Florida Tech

-3

277

--

--

277

4.

Florida Southern

E

280

--

--

280

5.

Newberry

+2

282

--

--

282

6.

Le Moyne

+3

283

--

--

283

7.

Ferris State

+6

286

--

--

286

8.

North Alabama

+7

287

--

--

287

 

St. Thomas Aquinas

+7

287

--

--

287

10.

Central Missouri

+9

289

--

--

289

 

Stanislaus State

+9

289

--

--

289

12.

Western Washington

+11

291

--

--

291

13.

California Baptist

+12

292

--

--

292

14.

Cal State East Bay

+13

293

--

--

293

 

Cal State Monterey Bay

+13

293

--

--

293

16.

Lynn

+14

294

--

--

294

17.

Lindenwood

+18

298

--

--

298

18.

Arkansas Tech

+19

299

--

--

299

19.

Dominican College (NY)

+27

307

--

--

307

20.

Charleston (WV)

+32

312

--

--

312

 

First Round Scorecard:

“Scorecard“

The Course:
The Championships will be played on the Tom Watson designed course at Reunion Resort…the championships configuration of the course will play to 7,054 yards and a par 70 layout…described as a demanding a well thought out approach from every player regardless of skill level, this course puts a premium on a solid short game with spacious green complexes where club selection can vary from putter to lob wedge to three-wood…named by Golfweek as one of the best resort golf courses in the nation…part of a 54-hole resort with courses designed by golf legends Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus.
Championships Format:
At the championships, 20 teams and eight individuals will complete 54 holes of stroke play, with 18 holes played Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday…following 54 holes of stroke play, an individual champion will be declared along with finishers 2-10…the top eight teams after 54 holes of play will be placed into a bracket and seeded based on 54-hole scores…the pairings for the quarterfinals will be Seed #1 versus Seed #8, Seed #2 versus Seed #7, Seed #3 versus Seed #6 and Seed #4 versus Seed #5 competing in medal/match play (stroke play over 18 holes and low score wins)…each team match will consist of five points with one point being awarded for each individual match…winning teams will advance to the semifinals and subsequently the finals…each individual match will be played to its completion and the first team to win three points within the team match will advance, or in the case of the final match be declared the national champion…in the event that a team match is tied after all five individual matches, the total strokes of the five players from each team will be calculated with the winning team having the fewest strokes…if still tied, a sudden death playoff will occur with all five scores counting from each team to determine the advancing team. Lineups, for pairing purposes, in the medal/match play portion of the championship will be determined by the head coaches, using a “Presidents Cup” style to determine the lineups beginning with the higher seeded team, as determined through the 54-hole stroke play portion of the championship.
NCAA History:
This marks the Vikings 9th trip to the NCAA Division II Championships since making the move up from NAIA in 1999…here is a look at previous finishes in the national championships:
  • 1999 (11th)
  • 2000 (T6th)
  • 2003 (11th)
  • 2004 (9th)
  • 2005 (9th)
  • 2008 (T8th)
  • 2012 (9th)
  • 2013 (Reached Semifinals in Match Play)
How to Follow:
The NCAA Division II Championships is being co-hosted by the Sunshine State Conference and the Central Florida Sports Commission…you can follow the tournament via live results on Golfstat:
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