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WWU Golf: Women fourth at Sonoma State; Men place sixth at Otter tournament

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WWU Golf: Women fourth at Sonoma State; Men place sixth at Otter tournament

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — Western Washington University’s Kristen Hansen (So., Spokane/Mead) tied for third place, three shots behind the leader, and the Vikings moved up one spot to finish fourth among 13 teams at the Sonoma State Women’s Golf Fall Invitational which ended Tuesday at the Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club.
It was the fourth top 10 finish in as many outing this season for Hansen, who shot 77 for a 36-hole total of 150. She finished in a three-way tie for third with British Columbia’s Casara Hong (73) and Sonoma State’s Abby Marina (75).
Taking medalist honors at 3-over par 147 (74-73) was Andrea Castellanos of Cal State East Bay. She was a two-stroke winner over St. Edward’s Haley Haught (75-74).
Cal Baptist (317), ranked No.14 nationally, held on to win by four shots over runner-up British Columbia (307), 614 to 618. St. Edward’s (308) finished third at 624, and the Vikings were fourth at 626 (314).
WWU’s Anna Bourland (Jr., Bainbridge) tied for 12th at 154 (77), Brooke Branigan (Fr., Bellingham) tied for 27th at 160 (77), Audrey Orem (Fr., Bellingham) tied for 35th at 162 (83) and Emily Koryto (So., East Lansing, MI) tied for 52nd at 168 (85).
The Sonoma State tournament completed the fall portion of WWU’s schedule.

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WWU ends fall schedule, places sixth at Otter tournament

SEASIDE, Calif. — Western Washington University freshman Chris Hatch (Mukilteo/Kamiak) shot a career-low 5-under par 67, finishing his round with a hole in one, as the Vikings completed the fall portion of their schedule by placing sixth at the Cal State University Monterey Bay Men’s Golf Invitational which ended Tuesday at the 6,699-yard Black Horse Golf Club.
Hatch aced the 194-yard 18th hole with a seven iron. It was his first hole in one.
Hatch’s 67 was the low round of his career. It matched the best round of the tournament, teammate Mark Strickland (Jr.,Mukilteo/Kamiak) shooting the same score during Monday’s second round.
“He (Chris) played well throughout, and was probably rewarded for that today,” said WWU head coach Luke Bennett.
Hatch moved up 18 places to finish 12th with a 54-hole total of 219, and Strickland tied for 28th at 226 (85).
WWU fell three places to finish sixth in the 15-team field, shooting 307 for an 898 total.
“It was a tough day overall,” Bennett said. “They set the course up with some difficult pin locations and it showed.”
“But we saw some much better golf the last two tournaments and I’m looking forward to the spring portion of our season with a young and talented team.”
Host CSUMB, ranked No.8 nationally, led wire-to-wire for the victory. The Otters shot 288 to finish at 10-under 854. No.1-rated Barry FL was second at 881, 27 strokes back.
Wilmington was third at 889 (292), British Columbia fourth (295=895), and UC San Diego fifth (302=897).
WWU’s Kyle Schrader (Jr., Olympia/Tumwater) tied for 30th at 227 (78), David Fonua (Fr., Seattle/O’Dea) tied for 49th at 233 (84) and Brennan Emory (R-Fr., Mount Vernon) tied for 57th at 236 (78).
CSUMB’s Anton Rosen (70) and Barry’s Mario Beltran (73), the leader after two rounds Monday, tied for medalist honors at 5-under 211. CSUMB’s Dylan Jackson was third at 213 (69).
WWU returns to action on March 3-4, competing at the St. Edward’s Invitational.

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