Oct. 20, 2009
SANTA ROSA, Calif. -
First-day leader Western Washington University finished tied for third place among 15 teams at the Sonoma State University Men's Golf Invitational Tournament which concluded Tuesday at the Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club.
The Vikings, who completed the fall portion of their schedule, shot a final-round 296 for a 36-hole total of 585, which tied them with Saint Martin's (290).
Chico State, which was tied for second following Monday's play, three shots off the lead, finished with a 2-under par 286 to win the title for the third straight year at 2-over 578. Dixie State also shot 286 Tuesday, tying the nationally seventh-ranked Wildcats for the best round of the tourney, to finish second at 583.
Defending NCAA Division II national champion and host Sonoma State placed seventh (294=591).
It was a disappointing day," said Western coach Steve Card (16th year). "We got off to a rough start and just couldn't get anything going."
The Vikings' Xavier Dailly (Jr., Burlington/Burlington-Edison), who was the first-day medalist by one stroke after an opening round 5-under 67, shot 75 to finish fourth at 142.
That was four strokes behind individual champion Matthew Garcia from Academy of Art, who finished at 6-under 138 (70). Chico State's Kyle Souza was one shot behind in second at 139 (69) and his teammate Eric Frazzetta placed third at 141 (71).
Western's Sam Ayotte (Jr., Corvallis, OR/Crescent Valley) tied for 13th at 146 (76), Nick Varelia (Kent/Kentwood) tied for 20th at 147 (72), Julian Peters (Sr., Mukilteo/Kamiak) tied for 40th at 151 (73) and Brian Barhanovich (Everett) tied for 56th at 155 (78).
Two rounds were originally scheduled for Monday, but poor weather forced one to be cancelled because of wet weather and slow play.