Suffering through a rough second day, Western Washington University fell from a tie for fourth place into a tie for 12th on Tuesday, May 21, at the NCAA Division II Men's Golf National Championships in Hershey, Penn.
The Vikings must move into the top eight following Wednesday's round in order to advance to match-medal play. The quarterfinals and semifinals are Thursday, May 23, followed by the final round for the national title Friday, May 24.
"Nothing went well for us today, but we have a chance for redemption," WWU coach Steve Card said in a news release. "Eighth place is essentially first."
"We should play in the morning tomorrow, which means we can go out before the heat and post a number to put the pressure on. We just have to go out and play and then do some scoreboard watching."
WWU, ranked No. 6 in the final Golf Coaches Athletic Association Top 25 Poll, shot 312 for a 36-hole total of 604, tied with Central Missouri (297) and Grand Canyon (302).
No. 2 rated Barry (Fla.) which led by six shots following Monday's opening round, increased its lead to 10 strokes, shooting 288 for a 572 total. No. 1 Nova Southeastern (Fla.) moved up two spots to second at 582 (290) with Florida Southern third at 587 (293).
Jake Webb (146) and Evan Needham (150) each shot 4-over par 75 for WWU, Webb falling six places into a tie for 15th and Needham moving up seven spots into a tie for 34th.
The other three Vikings shot rounds of 80 or more. Dylan Goodwin is tied for 75th at 156 (82), and Kyle Schrader is tied for 80th at 157 (85) with teammate Mark Strickland (80).