May 7, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas - Western Washington University's Chris Hatch (Fr., Mukilteo/Kamiak) fired a 1-under 71 and moved up 29 spots to tie for 13th in medalist play and the Vikings placed 10th in the team standings at the NCAA Division II Men's Golf West/South Central Regional which ended Wednesday at the 6,909-yard Grey Rock Golf Course.
The top six teams and the top two individuals not on one of those squads advance to the national championships on May 19-23.
The Viking shot a final-round 302, their best of the tournament, for a 54-hole total of 914. They began the day 14th in the 20-team field.
Host St. Edward's took team honors by 16 strokes at 878 (293). Chico State (297) moved up from sixth and Hawaii Hilo (299) moved up from fifth to tie for second at 894.
Defending champion Cal State Monterey Bay placed fourth at 897 (307), followed by Western New Mexico at 903 (315) and Simon Fraser at 904 (290).
Hatch had three birdies and two bogeys as he shot the only under par round of the tournament for WWU.
"Chris was so consistent," said WWU interim head coach Luke Bennett. "His future is very bright. He is going to be a huge part of the program."
Midwestern State's Derek Oland moved up five spots to take medalist honors, shooting 5-under 67, which tied for the best round of the tourney, for a 212 total. That was three strokes better than St. Edward's Enrique Livas (72=215).
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