Bennett fires 5-under 67 as Vikings take season opener

Luke Bennett

Sept. 17, 2004

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Luke Bennett (Jr., Bellingham/Sehome) fired a 5-under par 67 as nationally ranked Western Washington University defeated Saint Martin's College, 290 to 298, in the season opener for both schools Friday at the Sudden Valley Golf and Country Club.

The Vikings, ranked No.8 in the Golfweek/NCAA Division II Preseason Poll, also got an even par 72 from Chris Anderson (Sr., Oak Harbor/Papillion-LaVista Neb.), who earned third-team All-America honors last season.

"Saint Martin's really had a poor finish with a couple of their players, and that was really the difference in the match," said Western coach Steve Card.

"I was very pleased with Luke's round today. That is indicative of the type of golf he is capable of playing and what I'm expecting to see from him this year."

Completing Western's scoring were Tim Feenstra (Jr., Lynden) 75, Josh Immordino (Sr., Kent/Kentwood) 76 and John Richer (Sr., Everett) 81. The Vikings also had four players competing as individuals. They were Sam Pauley (So., Everett/Kamiak) 75, Casey Granston (Sr., Seattle/Roosevelt) 77, Charles Koh (R-Fr., Bellevue/Newport) 83 and Brett Ballman (Jr., Tacoma/Franklin Pierce) 86.

Saint Martin's had two players shoot under par, Jared Bouchey shooting 70 and Kris Swanson 71. Shane Prante, a first-team All-American last season for the Saints, shot 84.

Completing Saint Martin's first five were Derek Siesser 83 and Elijah Perkins 84.

Playing as individuals for the Saints were Hiro Nezu 77, Chris Westrum 77 and Casey Kobashigawa 85.

Western next hosts the 33rd annual Viking Invitational Tournament on Sept. 27-28 at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club with 11 schools participating.