May 5, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas - Western Washington University shot 309 and is tied for 14th place among 20 teams competing in the NCAA Division II Men's Golf South Central/West Regional following first-day action Monday at the Grey Rock Golf Course.
"We played poorly," said WWU coach Luke Bennett. "The conditions weren't that easy, but they weren't that tough either ... The good news is that it happened in the first round and we have a couple of rounds to go where we can make up some ground."
The three-day, 54-hole regional goes through Wednesday with six teams advancing to the national championships on May 19-23.
The Vikings, who were the No.6 seed in the West Region, were led by Craig Crawford (Sr., Stanwood/Highland Christian) and Mark Strickland (Jr., Mukilteo/Kamiak). They are tied for 22nd in medalist play after each shot 3-over par 74.
"Strickland bogeyed his last two holes and Crawford double-bogeyed his last hole," Bennett said. "It was too bad to see them finish that way as they both deserved better than that."
WWU's Chris Hatch (Fr., Mukilteo/Kamiak) is tied for 63rd (78), Kyle Schrader (Jr., Olympia/Tumwater) is tied for 95th (83) and Brennan Emory (R-Fr., Mount Vernon) is 108th (90). Schrader was last year's regional medalist.
Defending champion and nationally No.3-ranked Cal State Monterey Bay holds a three-shot lead after shooting an even par 288. Host St. Edward's is second at 291 and Chico State, ranked fifth nationally, is third at 293. Following them are Western New Mexico (295), Cameron (299) and Hawaii-Hilo (300).
Tied for first place in medalist play at 3-under 69 are Andres Rodas from St. Edward's and Brandon Hortt from CSUMB. Chico State's Will Flitcroft and Thomas Neve from Western New Mexico are tied for third after each shot 70.
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