WWU in two-way tie for ninth after first day at Golfweek Fall Invitational

David Fonua

Sept. 30, 2013

SUNRIVER, Ore. - Western Washington University's Mark Strickland (Jr., Mukilteo/Kamiak) shot a 7-over par 154 and is 14th in medalist play and the Vikings are in a two-way tie for ninth in the team standings after two rounds Monday of the Golfweek Fall Invitational being played at the Sunriver Resort Crosswater Club.

The third and final round takes place Tuesday.

Cal State Monterey Bay holds 26-stroke lead in the 15-team event at 590 with rounds of 302 and the best of the day 288.

Five strokes separate the next four teams. Dallas Baptist is second at 616 (319-297), Chico State third at 619 (317-302), Lynn fourth at 620 (315-305) and Cal State Stanislaus fifth at 621 (316-305).

Strickland posted rounds of 75 and 79 in leading WWU.

The Vikings' David Fonua (Fr., Seattle/O'Dea) is in a eight-way tie for 40th at 160, finishing with a 73, the team's best round of the day, after opening with an 87.

WWU's Chris Hatch (Fr., Mukilteo/Kamiak) is tied for 51st at 162 (79-83), Kyle Schrader (Jr., Olympia/Tumwater) is tied for 54th at 163 (83-80), and Jack Kelly (So., Snoqualmie/Mount Si) is tied for 66th at 168 (82-86).

Two Cal State Monterey Bay players are one-two in medalist play. Brandon Hortt shot an even par 144 (76-68) and is one stroke ahead of teammate Dylan Jackson at 145 (67-78). Jackson carded a hole in one on the par 3 13th hole.

The Vikings entered the tourney ranked No.14 in the latest Golf World/Nike Golf NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll. Lynn was fourth, Cal State Monterey Bay sixth, Chico State 12th and Hawaii Hilo 19th.