Oct. 18, 2011
CORNING, Calif. -
Western Washington University shot a final-round 293, the second-best of the tournament, to tie for third among 16 teams at the Chico State Wildcat Men's Golf Invitational which ended Tuesday at the 7,256-yard Sevillano Links.
The Vikings, ranked No.10 in the latest Golf Coaches Association of America/NCAA Division II Preseason Coaches Top 25 Poll, were eighth after Monday's opening round and sixth following the second round that wasn't completed until Tuesday after being suspended because of darkness.
"Today's third round was far better than our first two," said WWU head coach Steve Card (19th year), whose team opened with rounds of 317 and 307. "This was a challenging and difficult golf course and if you didn't hit straight shots you were immediately penalized.
"On the other hand, I'm not thrilled either. We're not where we need to be and hopefully we'll figure things out in short order."
Host Chico State, ranked No.5 nationally, led throughout, increasing its lead with every round. The Wildcats finished with a 54-hole total of 894 (294), 20 strokes better than second-place Grand Canyon at 914 (299).
WWU tied with Cal State Stanislaus (295) at 917.
Chico State's Kyle Souza, the defending NCAA II champion, shot four-over par 220 (71-76-73) to take medalist honors. He won at the Grand Canyon Invitational two weeks ago, his first collegiate competition since winning the national title.
The Wildcats placed three in the top five. Eric Frazzetta and Matt Williams were in a three-way tie for fourth.
WWU's Jake Webb (Jr., Issaquah/Skyline) tied for 15th place, firing a two-under 70 for a total of 11-over 227.
Two Vikings tied for 18th at 228, Nick Varelia (Sr., Kent/Kentwood) finishing with an even par 72, and Sandy Vaughan (Jr., Seattle/O'Dea), who shot a final-round 75.
WWU's Dylan Goodwin (Jr., Mukilteo/Kamiak) tied for 35th at 234 (76) and Brian Barhanovich (Sr., Everett) placed 63rd at 246 (79).
Sevillano Links is a John Daly Signature course. It is one of the few true links style courses in the Western United States.
Western completes the fall portion of its schedule on Oct. 24-25 at the Cal State Monterey Bay Invitational.