Vikings move up two spots to place sixth at UHH tourney
Oct. 30, 2007
KONA, Hawaii - Western Washington University's Jake Koppenberg (Jr., Everett) tied for 20th in medalist play as the Vikings moved up two spots to place sixth among 16 teams at the University of Hawaii Hilo Dennis Rose Intercollegiate Men's Golf Tournament which concluded Tuesday at the Mauna Lani North Golf Course.
Western, ranked No.10 in the latest Golf World/National Golf Coaches Association/NCAA Division II Top 25, shot 301 for a 54-hole total of 905.
Sonoma State University took top honors at 865 (301), maintaining its first-day seven-stroke advantage over runner-up Cal State Stanislaus at 872 (301). Point Loma Nazarene shot 298, the low round of the day, to finish third at 888, one stroke ahead of host Hawaii Hilo (307=889) with Chico State fifth at 900 (314).
"It was a challenging day with 35-40 mile per hour winds, which made the golf course very difficult, "said Western coach Steve Card. "But the guys played hard."
"It was a day to test your patience. We were probably a little frustrated with our scores, but at the end of the day we had moved up a couple spots. I'm not disappointed with where we finished after playing as poorly as we did yesterday."
Koppenberg shot a 3-over par 75 for a 226 total. Teammate Brandon Brown (Jr., Kent/Jefferson) also shot 75 and tied for 24th at 227. Julian Peters (So., Mukilteo/Kamiak), who was tied for 10th after Monday's two rounds, finished tied for 31st at 229 after shooting 84. Peters shot a 1-under 71 in the first round, Western's low round of the tourney.
Rounding out the Vikings' scores were Sean Packer (Sr., Sumner/Auburn Riverside), tied for 43rd at 233, and Thomas Jun (Fr., Federal Way/Todd Beamer), tied for 45th at 234 after shooting a team-best 74.
Tying for medalist honors at 214 were Sonoma State's Kyle Hopkins and Jacob O'Keefe along with Andy Moren from Cal State Stanislaus. Hopkins won in a playoff.
That completes the fall portion of Western's schedule. The Vikings next play on Feb. 25-26 at the Cal State Bakersfield Invitational.
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