Branigan ties for 21st in medalist play to lead Vikings
In seventh year as head women's golf coach at Western ... Guided Vikings to fifth place at NCAA Division II National Championships in 2006 and 2007, sixth place in 2008 and 11th place in 2011 ... Assistant in 2005, the Vikings tying for first place at NCAA II West Regional and finishing fifth at national tournament ... Assistant men's golf coach in 2003 and 2004, Western placing 11th and ninth, respectively, at nationals ... In sixth year as golf professional at Homestead Golf Course (Lynden) after two years as assistant professional at Bellingham Golf and Country Club ... Four-year letter for Vikings ... As junior, fired 7-under-par 64 to set school and regional record in first round of NCAA II West Regional ... That same season, tied BG&CC course record with 8-under 64 ... District 8 all-star as sophomore, helping Vikings tie for sixth at nationals, the school's best finish ... Earned bachelor's degree in business administration at Western in 2003 ... 1998 graduate of Lynden High School ... Placed second at Class 3A state championship in 1998 and sixth at Class 2A state tournament in 1997, helping Lions finish fourth and second, respectively, in team standings ... 31 years old ... He and wife Kim, who played basketball at Western, have two daughters, Rian 4 and Izzie 2.