No.5 WWU tied for second after first day at Chico State Invitational
Oct. 8, 2012
CORNING, Calif. - The Western Washington University men's golf team fired a 4-under par 284 in Monday's second round, moving the Vikings into a tie for second place, just seven strokes off the lead, among 16 teams at the Chico State Invitational being played at Sevillano Links.
Tuesday's third and final round begins with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.
The Vikings, ranked No.5 in the latest Golf World/Nike/College Coaches Association of America NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, shot an opening-round 292, for a 36-hole total of even par 576. They are tied with Cal State Monterey Bay (288-288).
Leading the team standings at 7-under 569 (287-282) is Cal State Stanislaus, which shot 6-under 282 over its final 18 holes, tied for the best round of the day.
Three Vikings are in a four-way tie for ninth in medalist play at 145 - Jack Kelly (R-Fr., Snoqualmie/Mount Si) (70-75), Evan Needham (Sr., Lynden/Meridian) (75-70) and Craig Crawford (Jr., Stanwood/Highland Christian) (76-69). It was Kelly's first time playing on WWU's first five.
"We have a different lineup down here and they performed well," said WWU coach Steve Card (20th year). "They shot even par and on this golf course that is a pretty solid performance. It speaks to the depth of our program. We've used all eight of our players this fall and haven't skipped a beat."
Rob Damschen of Cal State Stanislaus holds a four-shot lead after shooting 9-under 135 (66-69). Grand Canyon's Mark Geddes is second at 139 (68-71).
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