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GNAC Golf Tourney: WWU women wins by 24 strokes; Men finish in 4th

GNAC Golf Tourney: WWU women wins by 24 strokes; Men finish in 4th

Western Washington University Vikings logo. Photo: KPUG/Courtesy of WWU Athletics

COEUR d’ALENE, Id. —With Vikings placing 1-2-3 in medalist play, Western Washington University won by 24 strokes at the third annual Great Northwest Athletic Conference Women’s Golf Championship which concluded Tuesday at the 5,914-yard Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course.

The Vikings, who have won all three GNAC titles, shot 322 for a 36-hole total of 641. They led by eight shots after Monday’s round.

“It was a battle of strong-willed people out there today,” said WWU coach Bo Stephan (9th year). “With the cold, rain and wind, scoring went out the window and par was a great score on a lot of these holes.”

Montana State Billings finished second at 665 (338), followed by Saint Martin’s 674 (342), Simon Fraser 678 (337) and Northwest Nazarene 700 (353).
WWU’s Anna Bourland (Jr., Bainbridge) shot 78 each day, tied for the best rounds of the tourney, to take medalist honors by three strokes at 156. Teammate Brooke Branigan (Fr., Bellingham) moved up from sixth place to finish second at 159 (79). The Vikings’ Kristen Hansen (So., Spokane/Mead) remained third at 160 (81).
“I was really proud of Anna (Bourland), who has worked so hard this season.” Stephan said. “She played really steady and very smart.”

WWU’s Audrey Orem (Fr., Bellingham) tied for ninth at 166 (84) and Emily Koryto (So., East Lansing, MI) placed 20th (92) at 182.

MSUB’s Capri Ingram was fourth at 162 (80). Tied for fifth at 163 were two Saint Martin’s players – Jennifer Liedes (84) and Mandy Witmier (85), who shot 78 on Monday.

The victory was the first of the season for WWU, which placed as high as third in eight Invitationals during the regular season.

WWU falls from first, places fourth at GNAC Championship

COEUR D’ALENE, Id. — Western Washington University saw a four-stroke lead entering the final round evaporate as it finished fourth, five shots out of first, at the seventh annual Great Northwest Athletic Conference Men’s Golf Championship which ended Tuesday at the 6,803-yard Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course.

The Vikings, who had won all six previous conference titles, shot a final-round 311 for a 54-hole total of 897.
Saint Martin’s (300) and Northwest Nazarene (302) tied for first at 892 after regulation play, with NNU winning by one shot on the first hole of a best four-out-five playoff as Connor Magnuson eagled the par 5 first hole.
Simon Fraser placed third at 895 (297) as Kevin Vigna took medalist honors at even par 213. He had a final-round 71, finishing with an eagle on the par 4, 482-yard 18th hole. On Monday afternoon, Vigna fired a 4-under par 67, the low round of the tournament.
WWU’s Kyle Schrader (Jr., Olympia/Tumwater), who was the medalist leader after both the first and second rounds (71-69), tied for second, seven shots behind at 220 (80), with Ryan Baumgart (74) from Saint Martin’s.
The Vikings’ Chris Hatch (Fr., Mukilteo/Kamiak) tied for fourth at 221 (77). Craig Crawford (Sr., Stanwood/Highland Christian) tied for 14th (76=228), Brennan Emory (R-Fr., Mount Vernon) tied for 17th (79=230) and Mark Strickland (Jr., Mukilteo/Kamiak) was 19th (79=232).

Despite the poor showing, WWU is

WWU falls from first, places fourth at GNAC Championship

 

Vikings’ Schrader ties for second, Hatch ties for fourth

 

COEUR D’ALENE, Id. — Western Washington University saw a four-stroke lead entering the final round evaporate as it finished fourth, five shots out of first, at the seventh annual Great Northwest Athletic Conference Men’s Golf Championship which ended Tuesday at the 6,803-yard Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course.

The Vikings, who had won all six previous conference titles, shot a final-round 311 for a 54-hole total of 897.

Saint Martin’s (300) and Northwest Nazarene (302) tied for first at 892 after regulation play, with NNU winning by one shot on the first hole of a best four-out-five playoff as Connor Magnuson eagled the par 5 first hole.

Simon Fraser placed third at 895 (297) as Kevin Vigna took medalist honors at even par 213. He had a final-round 71, finishing with an eagle on the par 4, 482-yard 18th hole. On Monday afternoon, Vigna fired a 4-under par 67, the low round of the tournament.

WWU’s Kyle Schrader (Jr., Olympia/Tumwater), who was the medalist leader after both the first and second rounds (71-69), tied for second, seven shots behind at 220 (80), with Ryan Baumgart (74) from Saint Martin’s.

The Vikings’ Chris Hatch (Fr., Mukilteo/Kamiak) tied for fourth at 221 (77). Craig Crawford (Sr., Stanwood/Highland Christian) tied for 14th (76=228), Brennan Emory (R-Fr., Mount Vernon) tied for 17th (79=230) and Mark Strickland (Jr., Mukilteo/Kamiak) was 19th (79=232).

Despite the poor showing, WWU is still expected to earn a berth in the NCAA Division II West/South Central Regional on May 5-7.

 

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