Sept. 23, 2011
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -
Western Washington University is second, six strokes behind the leader, following Friday's opening round at the 40th annual Viking Men's Golf Invitational being held at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club. The second and final round is Saturday, beginning at 12 noon.
WWU, ranked No.8 in the Golf Coaches Association of America Preseason Coaches Top 25 Poll, shot a 5-over par 293. Leading the 11-team field is Cal State Stanislaus at 1-under 287. Tied for third at 296 are Saint Martin's and Grand Canyon, with Hawaii-Hilo fifth at 297 and Notre Dame de Namur sixth at 300.
Cal State Stanislaus is rated No.17 nationally, Hawaii-Hilo No.22 and Grand Canyon No.25.
Trevor Blair from Cal State Stanislaus tops the medalist standings, firing a 6-under 66. Tied for second at 1-under 71 are WWU's Dylan Goodwin (Jr., Mukilteo/Kamiak), Hawaii-Hilo's Corey Kozuma and Matt Epstein from Saint Martin's.
The Vikings' Jake Webb (Jr., Issaquah/Skyline) and teammate Nick Varelia (Sr., Kent/Kentwood), playing as an individual, are tied for eighth with five other players at 73.
WWU redshirt freshman Mark Strickland (Mukilteo/Kamiak) shot 74 and is tied for 15th, and Brian Barhanovich (Sr., Everett), who tied for medalist honors at last year's event, is tied for 23rd at 75.
Tied for fifth at even par 72 are Scott Secord from British Columbia, Rob Damschen from Cal State Stanislaus and Alec Dahlquist from Grand Canyon.