WWU leads 41st Annual Viking Invitational by 10 strokes

Mark Strickland

Sept. 24, 2012


BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Western Washington University had its top four scorers all place among the top 11 in medalist play, giving the Vikings a 10-shot lead following Monday's 36 holes at the 41st Annual Viking Invitational Men's Golf Tournament taking place at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club.

Tuesday's final round begins at 7:30 a.m.

The Vikings ranked No.9 in the Golf World/Nike Golf/NCAA Division II College Coaches Association of America Top 25 Preseason Poll, posted back-to-back rounds of 4-under par 284 for a 36-hole total of 568.

"You never take for granted breaking par and we broke par both rounds," said WWU coach Steve Card (20th year), "but you always feel like you can do a little better."

"Even par is always a good measuring stick and if you break par that's a pretty good day. So, I'm pretty satisfied with the results today and I'm hoping that we can shoot another round in the red tomorrow."

Hawaii-Hilo is second at 2-over 578 after posting the day's best round of 282 following a 296. British Columbia is third in the 12-team field at 580 (293-287).

WWU was led by Mark Strickland (So., Mukilteo/Kamiak) and Jake Webb (Sr., Issaquah/Skyline), who are second and third in medalist play at 4-under 140 and 3-under 141 (72-69), respectively. Strickland's first round of 5-under 67 was the best of the day .

Leading the individual standings by two shots at 6-under 138 (70-68) is Hawaii-Hilo's Corey Kozuma, who ended the second round by recording a hole-in-one on the par three 18th hole.

Grand Canyon's Mark Gaddes (70-71) and British Columbia's Conrado Pederes (73-68) are in a three-way tie with Webb for third.

Tied for sixth at 2-under 142 are WWU's Sandy Vaughan (Sr., Seattle/O'Dea) (70-72) and Josh Zhang (72-70) from British Columbia.

The Vikings' Dylan Goodwin (Sr., Mukilteo/Kamiak) is tied for 11th at 1-over 145 (75-70). Goodwin tied for second at last year's tourney.

WWU is attempting to snap a five-year string without a title at its own tournament, tying for second each of the last two years. The drought is the longest since the Vikings went winless the first nine years of the event.


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