WWU places third at 17-team Cal State Monterey Bay Invitational
Oct. 23, 2012
SEASIDE, Calif. - Western Washington University's Craig Crawford (Jr., Stanwood/Highland Christian) tied for 10th place in medalist play and the Vikings finished third among 17 teams at the Cal State Monterey Bay Otter Invitational which ended Tuesday at the Bayonet Golf Club.
The Vikings, ranked No.5 in the latest Golf World/Nike/College Coaches Association of America NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, had rounds of 302 and 295 for a 54-hole total of 897, one stroke in front of St. Edwards TX.
Monday's suspended second round and the third and final round were both played Tuesday.
Cal State Monterey Bay won with a score of 874 (307-282), four strokes better than second-place Nova Southeastern (290-289) at 878.
"Overall, I'm not disappointed with our finish, despite the fact that we did not play our best golf," said WWU coach Steve Card (20th year). "Finishing third was respectable, but the shot margin between us and the No.1 team in our region (Cal State Monterey Bay) and the No.1 team in the country (Nova Southeastern) was not what we came down here for."
Crawford finished with rounds of 79 and 72 for a 222-total.
WWU's Jake Webb (Sr., Issaquah/Skyline) tied for 12th at 223 (72-73), Dylan Goodwin (Sr., Mukilteo/Kamiak) tied for 18th at 224 (76-75) and Mark Strickland (So., Mukilteo/Kamiak) tied for 32nd at 227 (75-76).
The Vikings' Sandy Vaughan (Sr., Seattle/O'Dea) had to withdraw following the second round because of back problems.
Nova Southeastern's Ben Taylor shot 4-under par 212 (71-70) to take medalist honors by three strokes.
The tournament was the last of the fall for WWU, which next competes in the St. Edwards Invitational on March 4-5.
"We have a little bit of work to do during the off season to get prepared for the home stretch in the spring," Card said.
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