Hatch has hole in one, shoots 67 at Cal State Monterey Bay Invitational
Oct. 22, 2013
SEASIDE, Calif. - Western Washington University freshman Chris Hatch (Mukilteo/Kamiak) shot a career-low 5-under par 67, finishing his round with a hole in one, as the Vikings completed the fall portion of their schedule by placing sixth at the Cal State University Monterey Bay Men's Golf Invitational which ended Tuesday at the 6,699-yard Black Horse Golf Club.
Hatch aced the 194-yard 18th hole with a seven iron. It was his first hole in one. Hatch's 67 was the low round of his career. It matched the best round of the tournament, teammate Mark Strickland (Jr.,Mukilteo/Kamiak) shooting the same score during Monday's second round.
"He (Chris) played well throughout, and was probably rewarded for that today," said WWU head coach Luke Bennett.
Hatch moved up 18 places to finish 12th with a 54-hole total of 219, and Strickland tied for 28th at 226 (85).
WWU fell three places to finish sixth in the 15-team field, shooting 307 for an 898 total.
"It was a tough day overall," Bennett said. "They set the course up with some difficult pin locations and it showed."
"But we saw some much better golf the last two tournaments and I'm looking forward to the spring portion of our season with a young and talented team."
Host CSUMB, ranked No.8 nationally, led wire-to-wire for the victory. The Otters shot 288 to finish at 10-under 854. No.1-rated Barry FL was second at 881, 27 strokes back.
Wilmington was third at 889 (292), British Columbia fourth (295=895), and UC San Diego fifth (302=897).
CSUMB's Anton Rosen (70) and Barry's Mario Beltran (73), the leader after two rounds Monday, tied for medalist honors at 5-under 211. CSUMB's Dylan Jackson was third at 213 (69).
WWU returns to action on March 3-4, competing at the St. Edward's Invitational.
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