WWU places solid third among 16 teams at UI Brickyard Crossing Invitational
Sept. 18, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Western Washington University had two players finish among the top five in medalist play and finished a solid third in the team standings at the University of Indianapolis Brickyard Crossing Men's Golf Invitational which ended Tuesday at the Brickyard Crossing Golf Club.
The Vikings ranked No.9 in the Golf World/Nike Golf/NCAA Division II College Coaches Association of America Top 25 Preseason Poll, shot a final-round 297 for a 54-hole total of 872. That was 11 strokes better than fourth-place Cal State Monterey Bay (306=883).
No.2-rated Barry overcame a six-stroke deficit and won by five shots over No.1 Nova Southeastern in the 16-team field. Barry had a winning score of 857 (290) and Nova Southeastern was second at 862 (301).
"Overall, I was pretty happy with our performance," said WWU coach Steve Card (20th year). "It was a tough day out there with the winds blowing all day long which made it very challenging.
"We lost to the number one and two ranked teams in the country, but we also know that we can play with those guys. So, I'm encouraged with where we're at right now. It was a good way to start."
The Vikings' Jake Webb (Sr., Issaquah/Skyline) tied for third, shooting 76 for a 214 total. Teammate Dylan Goodwin (Sr., Mukilteo/Kamiak) fired a 2-under par 70, moving up 14 places to tie for fifth at 215. Both were named to the all-tournament team.
"I think there was just one round under 70 today, so Dylan played very well," Card said. "Nobody on our team let it get out of control and consequently we had a pretty decent team score relative to the rest of the field. The only teams to break 300 today were Barry and us."
Barry's Berry Jole shot 3-under 69 to claim medalist honors at 207. That was one stroke better than Nova Southeastern's Ben Taylor, who finished at 208 (75). Taylor Howie from Southwestern Oklahoma State tied with Webb for third at 214 (72).
Nine of the teams competed at nationals last year.
The Vikings host the 41st annual WWU Invitational on Sept. 24-25 at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club with 12 teams competing.
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