May 6, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas - Heading into Wednesday's third and final round, Western Washington University moved up one spot and is 13th among 20 teams competing in the NCAA Division II Men's Golf West/South Central Regional at the 6,909-yard Grey Rock Golf Course.
When the three-day, 54-hole regional ends, the top six teams advance to the national championships on May 19-23.
The Vikings, who entered as the No.6 seed in the West Region, shot 303 Tuesday for a 36-hole total of 612.
Host St. Edward's took over the team lead at 585 (294) from defending champion Cal State Monterey Bay, which dropped to third at 590 (302) behind second-place Western New Mexico at 588 (293).
Colorado Christian is fourth (303=592), Hawaii Hilo fifth (295=595) and Chico State sixth (304=597).
"We're not out of it," said WWU head coach Luke Bennett. "Fifteen shots on this golf course because of the firmness and windy conditions could change in nine holes ... It's a tale of two nines on this course and whoever manages the second nine the best will do well."
WWU's Mark Strickland (Jr., Mukilteo/Kamiak) is in a six-way tie for 22nd in medalist play at 148, just five shots off the lead, after shooting a second straight 2-over par 74.
Tied for the medalist lead at 143, one shot ahead of three players tied for third, are Enrique Livas (72) from St. Edward's and Colin Prater (71) from Colorado Mesa.
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Men's Golf Senior Trio Named All- West Region
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Men's Golf in 12th Place at NCAA Championships
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Pair of Men's Golfers Earn GNAC Academic Awards
Sophomore Michael Butler and junior Adam Barker named GNAC Academic All-Stars
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