WWU finishes tied for eighth at Viking Invitational, UBC takes team title
Sept. 24, 2013
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Western Washington University's Jack Kelly (So., Snoqualmie/Mount Si) fired a 4-under 68 to tie for fourth individually and the Vikings tied for eighth in the team standings at the 42nd Annual WWU Men's Golf Invitational Tournament which ended Tuesday at the 6,561-yard Bellingham Golf and Country Club.
The defending champion Vikings, ranked No.9 in the Golf World/Nike Golf NCAA Division II Preseason Top 25 Poll, shot a final-round 293 for a 54-hole total of 893.
British Columbia, which was third after 36 holes Monday, shot 9-under par 279, the best round of the tourney, to win by five strokes at 867. Sonoma State was second at 872 (285). Tied for third at 878 were Dixie State (286) and Simon Fraser (291).
Dixie State's Kenny You hung on to take medalist honors, shooting 69 for a 10-under total of 206. That was one stroke better than Sonoma State's Alex Marry (69=207). Montana State Billings' Brad Harrelson was third at 212 (74), with Kelly and UBC's Scott Secord (70) tied for fourth at 214.
You began the day as the leader with a one-shot advantage over Marry and Harrelson.
WWU's Mark Strickland (Jr., Mukilteo/Kamiak), the defending tourney champion, had his first round disqualified because of a subsequent scoring ruling. He shot 73 in Monday's second round and 74 on Tuesday.
The Vikings' Brennan Emory (R-Fr., Mount Vernon) tied for 31st at 227 (76), Anthony Allen (Fr., Arlington) tied for 35th at 228 (75) and Kyle Schrader (Jr., Olympia/Tumwater) tied for 43rd at 231 (76).
It was UBC's third title at the WWU event, the last being in 2007. The Thunderbirds also won in 1989.
The Vikings next compete at the Golfweek Invitational on Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at the Crossriver Golf Club in Sunriver, Ore.
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