Western opens season with three-stroke win over Saint Martin's
Sept. 19, 2003
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - A six-shot swing over the last three holes proved to be the difference as Western Washington University opened its season with a 288-291 victory over Saint Martin's College in a men's golf match Friday at the Sudden Valley Golf and Country Club.
The Vikings were led by Luke Bennett (So., Bellingham/Sehome), who shot 2-under par 70, and All-America Tim Feenstra (So., Lynden), who shot 71. Chris Anderson (Jr., Papillion, NE) and Josh Immordino (Jr., Kent/Kentwood) had respective scores of 73 and 74 for Western.
Saint Martin's Shane Prante fired a 4-under 68 to take medalist honors. The Saints' other counting scores were Jared Bouchey 71, Kris Swanson 75 and Tom Hinton 77.
"It was a solid start to the season," said Western coach Steve Card. "There was a six-shot swing on the last three holes. Their top four scorers played the last three holes 7-over par and we played the last three holes 1-over par and we ended up winning the match by three. So you see the importance of finishing out your round and playing all the way through.
"It's not that we played great the last three holes, but we didn't make the mistakes that they did, and that was the difference in the match."
Joe Richer (Jr., Everett) shot 88 for the Vikings, and Brett Ballman (So., Tacoma/Franklin Pierce), playing as an individual, shot 75.
Derick Potter carded an 81 for Saint Martin's. Playing as individuals for the Saints were Chris Westrum 70, Adam Hengtgen 70, Ryan Brokaw 82 and Elijah Perkins 83.
Western hosts its own Viking Invitational on Sept. 29-30 at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club.
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