Men's Golf Slips to 17th at NCAA Championships

May 23, 2017

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The Western Washington University men’s golf team started off the day moving up the leaderboard to as high as 8th place, but had a tough finish over the final nine holes to slip to 17th place through the first two rounds of the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championships played Tuesday on the Watson Course at Reunion Resort.

Entering the round in 12th place, the Vikings moved up to as high as 8th and completed the first nine holes (playing holes 10-18) in 10th place in the 20-team tournament. The top eight teams following tomorrow’s third round of stroke play will move on to the quarterfinal round of match play to determine the national champion.

WWU’s bugaboo were holes 4-6 (13-15 of the round) where the five Vikings combined to play the three holes at 16-over-par. WWU turned in a 8-over-par mark at the turn, but staggered home at 23-over-par over the final nine holes. Overall the Vikings four counting scores turned in a 22-over-par 302 on Tuesday, 11 strokes back of the 291 (+11) in Monday’s opening round. At 33-over-par for the tournament (593), Western is 14 strokes back of the eighth place team heading into Wednesday’s final round.

“Today was a tough one. We played solid on the front, but momentum slipped on our second nine,” said head coach Luke Bennett. “Everyone had a rough stretch all at once, which is unfortunate. But there is still more golf to be played and these guys can bounce back.”

Barry (-8, 552), West Florida (-4, 556), Florida Tech (+1, 561) and Florida Southern (+2, 562) have a firm grasp on the first four spots in the team standings while playing the national tournament in their home state.

Senior Brett Johnson (Ridgefield, WA) is tied for 40th in the 108-player field, carding a 5-over-par 75 to back up his even-par 70 on Monday. Johnson, who today was named to the PING Division II All-West Region team, was at even par through his first 13 holes before carding a double-bogey on the par 4 No. 5 and a triple-bogey on the pare 4 No. 6.

Senior Chris Hatch (Mukilteo, WA/Kamiak) duplicated his first round score of 3-over-par 73, and sits in a tie for 46th place at 6-over-par 146 for the tournament. Hatch had a steady finish, playing the final nine holes at even par.

Freshman Ethan Casto (Snohomish, WA) is tied for 71st at +10 (73-77=150), followed by senior Jeffrey Marcum (Richland, WA) in a tie for 85th at +12 (75-77=152) and sophomore Michael Butler (Sammamish, WA/Skyline) in a tie for 95th at +15 (76-79=155).

Tuesday’s second round was interrupted by lightning with a delay of 45 minutes when the Vikings were nearing the end of their round.

Florida Southern’s John Coultas remains the individual leader at 6-under-par 134, holding a one-stroke lead over Barry’s Niclas Weiland. Only 11 players in the 108-player field are at even-par or better through the first 36 holes on the par 70, 7,054 layout designed by golfing legend Tom Watson.

The final round is set to begin at 9 am ET/6 am PT in a shotgun format due to weather concerns in the Central Florida region. Johnson will tee off from hole 14, while Casto and Hatch will tee off from hole 15. Marcum will begin his day at hole 16 and Butler will be on hole 17 at the start of the final round. Fans and media can follow the second round leaderboard and team standings via Golfstat.

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

17

Western Washington

+11

291

--

--

291

T40

Brett Johnson

+5

70

75

--

145

T46

Chris Hatch

+6

73

73

--

146

T71

Ethan Casto

+10

73

77

--

150

T85

Jeffrey Marcum

+12

75

77

--

152

T95

Michael Butler

+15

76

79

--

155

Pos.

Team

To Par

Rd 1

Rd 2

Rd 3

Total

1.

Barry

-8

274

278

--

552

2.

West Florida

-4

276

280

--

556

3.

Florida Tech

+1

277

284

--

561

4.

Florida Southern

+2

280

282

--

562

5.

Ferris State

+15

286

289

--

575

 

Newberry College

+15

282

293

--

575

7.

Lynn

+16

294

282

--

576

8.

Le Moyne College

+19

283

296

--

579

9.

Cal State Monterey Bay

+20

293

287

--

580

10.

California Baptist

+22

292

290

--

582

 

North Alabama

+22

287

295

--

582

12.

St. Thomas Aquinas

+25

287

298

--

585

 

Cal State East Bay

+25

293

292

--

585

14.

Stanislaus State

+29

289

300

--

589

15.

Arkansas Tech

+32

299

293

--

592

 

Central Missouri

+32

289

303

--

592

17.

Western Washington

+33

291

302

--

593

18.

Lindenwood

+41

298

303

--

601

19.

Dominican College (NY)

+50

307

303

--

610

20.

Charleston (WV)

+54

312

302

--

614

The Course:
The Championships is being played on the Tom Watson designed course at Reunion Resort…the 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)
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