WWU men tie for 10th at NCAA II West/South Central Regional


Western Washington University's Chris Hatch fired a 1-under 71 and moved up 29 spots to tie for 13th in medalist play and the Vikings placed 10th in the team standings at the NCAA Division II Men's Golf West/South Central Regional which ended Wednesday at the 6,909-yard Grey Rock Golf Course in Austin, Texas.

The top six teams and the top two individuals not on one of those squads advance to the national championships on May 19-23.

The Viking shot a final-round 302, their best of the tournament, for a 54-hole total of 914. They began the day 14th in the 20-team field.

Host St. Edward's took team honors by 16 strokes at 878 (293). Chico State (297) moved up from sixth and Hawaii Hilo (299) moved up from fifth to tie for second at 894.

Hatch had three birdies and two bogeys as he shot the only under par round of the tournament for WWU.

WWU's Craig Crawford finished in a seven-way tie for 50th at 230 (77) and Mark Strickland ended in a seven-way tie for 57th at 231 (83).

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