Western's A and B teams tied for third after first day at Viking Invitational
Sept. 26, 2008
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Sonoma State University shot a 10-under par 278 and holds a five-stroke lead following Friday's round at the 37th annual Western Washington University Men's Golf Invitational being played at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club.
Saturday's final round begins at 12:30 p.m.
The Seawolves, ranked No.14 in the latest Golf World/Nike Golf Division II Coaches Poll, had three players among the top five in medalist play. Spencer Shishido is tied with Chico State's Brandon Harkins for top honors at 4-under 68. Sonoma State's Patrick Bauer is tied for third at 69 and teammate Jarin Todd, last year's tourney champion, is fifth after shooting 70.
No.16-rated Chico State is second in the 11-team field at 283. Host Western's A and B teams are tied for third at 1-under 287.
Four strokes separate the next five teams. No.17 Grand Canyon is fifth at 294, followed by Hawaii Hilo 295, defending champion British Columbia 296, Dixie State 297 and UC San Diego 298.
Western has four players among the top 10, led by the A team's Thomas Jun (So., Federal Way/Todd Beamer), who is tied for third at 69. Three Vikings are tied for sixth at 71. They are Brandon Brown (Sr., Kent/Jefferson) from the A team, and Sandy Vaughan (Fr., Seattle/O'Dea) and Brian Barhanovich (R-Fr., Everett) from the B squad.
"I had mixed emotions," said Western coach Steve Card. "I was very pleased with how the B squad played with four freshmen and a transfer who had never played before at this level. The A team played a lot better than they ended up scoring, but didn't finish as strong as they should have. Rather than being a handful of shots back, we're now nine shots back.
"But in general, I'm encouraged about the day. Given the fact that we played all 10 players and both teams shot 1-under par, illustrating the depth of the program."
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