Men's Golf Returns to Links in Southern Cal

March 18, 2017

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ON THE LINKS...the Western Washington University men's golf team returns to the links for The Battle at Eagle Glen hosted by California Baptist University...the two-day, 54-hole tournament will be played Monday and Tuesday at Eagle Glen Golf Club in Corona, California.

TOURNAMENT TIDBITS...the two-day, 54-hole tournament will feature 36 holes played on Monday and 18 holds in the final round on Tuesday on the par 72 layout...the first two rounds will play at 6,885 yards and the final round on Tuesday will shorten to 6,615 yards...the tournament field consists of 19 schools: California Baptist, BYU Hawai'i, Western New Mexico, Cal State Monterey Bay, Chico State, Cal State San Marcos, Holy Names, Concordia (OR), Colorado Mesa, Simon Fraser, Hawai'i Pacific, Notre Dame de Namur, Northwest Nazarene, Chaminade, Regis, Biola, California Lutheran, Fort Lewis and WWU.

THE STARTING 5...WWU'S lineup for The Battle at Eagle Glen will feature the following players (3 Seniors, 1 Junior, 1 Freshman)...the top four scores from each round count towards the team total:

WWU MEN'S GOLF PLAYER BIOS
The Battle at Eagle Glen (March 20-21, 2017)

1.

Ethan Casto (Fr., Snohomish, WA/Snohomish HS): Will be playing in the No. 1 slot for the Vikings...enters the tournament with a season scoring average of 75.88 in three tournaments...finished T13th in The Visit Stockton Cactus Thaw! at 3-under-par (141)...fired 4-under-par 68 in final round for career low round.

2.

Chris Hatch (Sr., Mukilteo, WA/Kamiak HS): Playing in his sixth tournament this season (out of 7)...season scoring average of 73.50 ranks 6th in the GNAC...finished T45th at The Visit Stockton Cactus Thaw! in his last tournament (+1, 145)...logged four rounds of par or better this season...Career: Playing in his 38th career tournament...career scoring average of 74.13 is tied for 11th in program history...28 rounds of par or better is tied for 9th...score has counted in 93 of 103 career rounds (91.2%)...7 career rounds in the 60s with a career-low round of 65 (1st round of 2016 GNAC Championship)...275 birdies are 9th-most and 9 eagles are tied for 6th-most in WWU history...two-time First Team All-GNAC selection (freshman and junior).

3.

Brett Johnson (Sr., Ridgefield, WA/Ridgefield HS/Oregon State): Leads WWU with a scoring average of 73.13 in six tournaments this season (+1.44 relative to par)...recorded four top 25 finishes, including T2nd at WWU Invitational (-4, 212) and T10th at Chico State Invitational (+3, 219)...ranks 3rd in the GNAC in scoring average...Career: In second season with WWU after transferring from Oregon State...career scoring average of 72.83 (+1.30 relative to par) is 2nd-best in program history (min. 36 rounds)...recorded 18 rounds of par or better and 8 rounds in the 60s (2 this season)...finished in top 15 in 8 of 17 tournaments with WWU...2016 GNAC Newcomer of the Year, GNAC Championship medalist and First Team All-GNAC.

4.

Jeffrey Marcum (Sr., Richland, WA/Richland HS/South Mountain CC): Playing in his 7th tournament this season...second on the team and 5th in the GNAC with a season scoring average of 73.38 (+1.69 relative to par)...has three top 20 finishes this season, including T2nd at WWU Invitational (-4, 212) and T6th at The Visit Stockton Cactus Thaw! (-5, 139)...GNAC Golfer of the Week (Feb. 13-19)...Career: Appeared in 15 tournaments during his WWU career after helping lead South Mountain Community College to the Junior College National Championship...WWU career scoring average of 74.00 (2.45 relative to par) is 10th-best in program history...11 rounds of par or better and 4 rounds in the 60s (2 this season).

5.

Adam Barker (Jr., Gig Harbor, WA/Peninsula HS/Olympic CC): Making his second tournament appearance this season...played as an individual in the WWU Invitational placing T58th with rounds of 72-76-80 (+12, 228)...Career: Transferred to WWU midway through the 2015-16 season from Olympic College.

HOW TO FOLLOW...the two-day, 54-hole Battle at Eagle Glen can be followed via Live Results on Golfstat...final results and tee times for the third round will be posted on WWUVikings.com and the conclusion of play on Monday.

TEAM RANKINGS...the Vikings enter the tournament with a Golfstat raking of No. 32 in NCAA Division II...schools in the tournament field listed ahead of WWU include Cal State Monterey Bay (#6), California Baptist (#15), BYU Hawai'i (#16) and Chico State (#28)...here is a look at WWU's results from the six tournaments played so far during the 2016-17 season:

2016-17 Schedule & Results:

September 12-13

Itani Quality Homes Collegiate

Pullman, WA (Palouse Ridge Golf Club)

13th among 14 teams

September 23-24

Saint Martin's Invitational

Olympia, WA (Olympia Golf & Country Club)

T7th among 18 teams

September 26-27

WWU Invitational

Bellingham, WA (Bellingham Golf & Country Club)

6th among 17 teams

October 3-4

Chico State InterWest Insurance Wildcat Classic

Chico, CA (Butte Creek Country Club)

T1st among 16 teams

October 17-18

Monterey Bay Otter Fall Invitational

Seaside, CA (Bayonet & Black Golf Club)

T8th among 16 teams

February 13-14

The Visit Stockton Cactus Thaw!

Stockton, CA (Brookside Country Club)

T3rd among 22 teams

March 20-21

The Battle at Eagle Glen

Corona, CA (Eagle Glen Golf Club)

 

March 27-28

SoCal Intercollegiate

Santee, CA (Carlton Oaks Golf Club)

 

April 3-4

Mustang Intercollegiate

Goodyear, AZ (Palm Valley Golf Club)

 

April 24-25

GNAC Championships

Coeur d'Alene, ID (Coeur d'Alene Golf Resort)

 

May 8-10

NCAA II West/South Central Regional

Stockton, CA (Brookside Country Club)

 

May 22-26

NCAA II Championships

Kissimmee, FL (Reunion Resort)

 

PLAYER STATS...here is a look at the Vikings 2016-17 season stats...Brett Johnson leads the team with a scoring average of 73.13 (+1.44 relative to par) in his 6 tournaments (16 rounds), followed closely by fellow seniors Jeffrey Marcum (73.38, +1.69) and Chris Hatch (73.50, +1.92):

 

No

No

Avg.

Vs.

Low

In

Par or

 

Best

Name

Yr

Tour

Rds.

Score

Par

Rd.

60s

better

Wins

Finish

Brett Johnson

SR

6

16.0

73.13

+1.44

67

2

8

0

T  2

Jeffrey Marcum

JR

6

16.0

73.38

+1.69

68

2

5

0

T  2

Chris Hatch

JR

5

12.0

73.50

+1.92

68

1

4

0

T 11

Ezra Arneson

FR

4

11.0

74.82

+3.00

65

1

4

0

T 17

Nick Sparling

SO

1

2.0

75.50

+3.50

72

0

1

0

T 92

Ethan Casto

FR

3

8.0

75.88

+3.88

68

1

2

0

T 13

Adam Barker

JR

1

3.0

76.00

+4.00

72

0

1

0

T 58

Michael Butler

SO

2

6.0

75.50

+4.00

68

1

2

0

T 25

Willy Scholten

SO

2

6.0

75.50

+4.00

72

0

1

0

T 44

Cody Roth

SO

2

5.0

76.20

+4.60

73

0

0

0

T 55

Jack Shea

FR

1

3.0

77.33

+5.33

76

0

0

0

T 69

GNAC LEADERS...the Vikings have three players listed amongst the top 10 scoring average leaders in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference: Brett Johnson (3rd, 73.13) Jeffrey Marcum (5th, 73.38) and Chris Hatch (6th, 73.50)...WWU leads the conference with a team scoring average of 294.06, just ahead of Concordia (295.3), Saint Martin's (296.1) and Simon Fraser (296.9).

LAST TIME OUT...WWU opened the spring portion of the schedule finishing in a tie for 3rd place in the 22-team field at The Visit Stockton Cactus Thaw! at Brookside Country Club in Stockton, Calif....in a preview of the NCAA II West/South Central Regional that will be held May 8-10, WWU put together a solid tournament that had three players finish in the top 25 in the field of 123 players...the Vikings recorded a 12-under-par 276 in the final round to move up from 7th place after the first round...senior Jeffrey Marcum (T6th, -5, 139), freshman Ethan Casto (T13th, -3, 141) and senior Brett Johnson (T25th, -2, 142) placed in the top 25.

HISTORIC ROUND...WWU's 12-under-par 276 in the second/final round of The Visit Stockton Cactus Thaw! tied for the 4th-lowest round relative to par in program history, trailing only -15 (273, Grand Canyon Fall Invitational in 2010-11), -14 (274, Family Motors Invitational in 2004-05) and -13 (275, WWU Invitational in 2005-06).

THE SPRING SEASON...the Vikings are playing their second of four spring tournaments...following The Battle at Eagle Glen will also play in the SoCal Intercollegiate March 27-28 at Carlton Oaks Golf Club in Santee, Calif., and the Mustang Intercollegiate April 3-4 at Palm Valley Golf Club in Goodyear, Ariz....WWU will defend its title at the GNAC Championships April 24-25 at Coeur d'Alene Resort...the NCAA II West/South Central Super Regional will be May 8-10 at Brookside Country Club (Stockton, CA) and the NCAA II Championships will be held May 22-26 at Reunion Resort (Kissimmee, FL).

CO-CAPTAINS...senior Brett Johnson and junior Willy Scholten have been named team co-captains for the 2016-17 season.

NCAA REGIONAL STREAK...Vikings have advanced to the NCAA II Championships in 18 consecutive seasons, marking every season since WWU joined the NCAA classification from NAIA...the streak is the longest in ANY sport amongst West region DII schools...WWU placed 18th in the NCAA II West/South Central Regional last season after winning the GNAC Championship for the seventh time.




The guys are excited and anxious to get back to competing! This is the beginning to the heart of our spring season and we'd love to build on what we did a month ago in Stockton.
Luke Bennett, WWU Head Coach


THE HEAD COACH...Luke Bennett is in his fourth season at the helm of the WWU men's golf program...named the 2015-16 GNAC Coach of the Year after leading the Vikings to the tournament championship with a record-tying score...led team to the NCAA II regionals in each of his first three seasons as head coach...currently the Director of Instruction and Player Development at Bellingham Golf & Country Club and previously the Director of Instruction at Lake Padden Golf School in Bellingham...played collegiately for WWU from 2002-03 through 2005-06 where he was a two-time All-American (74.25 scoring average).

2015-16 SEASON IN REVIEW...the Vikings advanced to the NCAA II West/South Central Regional for the 18th consecutive season, placing 18th out of 20 teams...were the No. 9 seed in the Super Regional played at University Golf Course on the New Mexico State University campus in Las Cruces, N.M....ranked No. 47 in the final GolfStat Division II rankings...won the Great Northwest Athletic Conference team championship held at Coeur d'Alene Resort Golf Course, the program's seventh GNAC Championship (out of 9)...WWU finished the 54-hole tournament at 15-under-par, tying the tournament record with a three-round total of 837, dominating the six-team field with an 18-stroke advantage over 2nd-place Concordia (+3, 855)...Brett Johnson took home individual medalist honors at the GNAC Championships with a tournament record 203 (-10), including a GNAC single-round record with a 7-under-par 64 in the first round (tied for 3rd-lowest round in WWU history and tied for 7th-lowest relative to par)...4th-lowest 54-hole total in WWU history and lowest since Jake Koppenberg in 2008-09...Johnson was named the GNAC Newcomer of the Year after finishing 2nd in the league with a scoring average of 72.7 and ended the year with 10 rounds of par or better...season scoring average (72.68) was 6th-lowest in program history (by score) and 13th-lowest relative to par (1.23 over par)...Johnson and Chris Hatch were named first-team All-GNAC, while Michael Butler and Jeffrey Marcum were second-team selections...Butler was named the GNAC Freshman of the Year with a scoring average of 73.7 (7th in the GNAC), including a 71.83 scoring average during the spring season (4 tournaments)...Hatch recorded the 6th-lowest scoring average in the conference at 73.625...Johnson and Hatch tied for the team lead with 98 birdies, tied for 14th in single-season program history...Butler and Johnson tied for 48th at the NCAA Super Regional as the highest placing Vikings...Hatch owns a career scoring average of 74.21 (2.54 versus par)...team recorded a scoring average of 293.9 (top 4 scorers) in 32 rounds, 2nd in the GNAC behind Simon Fraser...head coach Luke Bennett was named the GNAC Coach of the Year.

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