WWU Golf: Women 3rd at Viking Invitational, Men 5th at Chico State Invitational

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WWU Golf: Women 3rd at Viking Invitational, Men 5th at Chico State Invitational

WWU women tie best finish of season, place 3rd at Viking Invitational

      BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Western Washington University tied its best finish of the young season, placing third among 12 teams at the 20th Viking Women’s Golf Invitational which ended Tuesday at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club.

The Vikings shot 320 for a 36-hole total of 633.

British Columbia won its second straight tournament with a score of 614 (310), 13 strokes better than runner-up and defending champion Hawaii Hilo (316=627). UBC, which shot 304 Monday, the best round of the tourney, took top honors at the Saint Martin’s Invitational on Friday and Saturday.

“I’m still waiting for that round where they put everything together,” said WWU coach Bo Stephan (7th year). “Our best is still to come.”

Kristen Hansen (So., Spokane/Mead) again had the Vikings’ best finish, tying for sixth at 7-over par 153 (78). She has led WWU with top 10 finishes in all three tournaments this season, placing third at the Western New Mexico Invitational and tying for ninth at the Saint Martin’s Invitational.

The Vikings’ Anna Bourland (Jr., Bainbridge) tied for 14th at 158 (79).  Brooke Branigan (Fr., Bellingham) (82) and Audrey Orem (Fr., Bellingham) (81) tied for 22nd at 161.

WWU’s Emily Koryto (So., East Lansing, MI) tied for 41st at 167 (86), and Katya Case (Sr., Enumclaw), playing as an individual, placed 46th at 169 (87).

UBC players finished one-two in medalist play. Stephanie Wong took top honors at 1-over 147 (76), one stroke better than Kat Kennedy at 148 (75). Tied for third at 151 were Saint Martin’s Jennifer Liedes (80) and Academy of Art’s Crystal Wang (73).

The Vikings take a week off from competition before closing out the fall portion of their schedule on Oct. 21-22 at the Sonoma State Invitational.


Winds force cancellation of final round at Chico State Invitational. Results of Monday’s first two rounds stand, WWU places fifth

 CORNING, Calif. – Sustained winds of 25 miles per hour-plus had golf balls rolling off the greens and forced cancellation of Tuesday’s final round at the Chico State InterWest Fall Classic held at the 7,164-yard Sevillano Links.

Chico State was named the tournament champion by virtue of its 5-under par 571 after 36 holes Monday. The nationally 12th-ranked Wildcats won by eight strokes over No.10 Cal State Stanislaus. It marked the second time in three years that Chico State has won its tournament.

Chico State’s Ricky Owaki won the medalist title by three strokes at 7-under 137 on the strength of a tournament-tying second-round 66 Monday. Cal State Stanislaus’ Anthony Manguray finished second at 4-under, and Chico State’s Lee Gearhart, Cal State Stanislaus’ Trevor Clayton, and Simon Fraser’s Bret Thompson finished tied for third at 2-under.

WWU placed fifth with a score of 597.

The Vikings’ Kyle Schrader (Jr., Olympia/Tumwater) and Mark Strickland (Jr., Mukilteo/Kamiak) finished in a four-way tie for 12th at 3-over 147.

The Vikings’ Chris Hatch (Fr., Mukilteo/Kamiak) tied for 30th at 151, Brennan Emory (R-Fr., Mount Vernon) tied for 40th at 153 and David Fonua (Fr., Seattle/O’Dea) tied for 48th at 155.

WWU takes a week off from competition before finishing the fall portion of its schedule with trip to the Cal State Monterey Bay Invitational on Oct. 21-22.