The Western Washington University men’s golf team is 19th among 20 teams following first-day action Monday, May 4, at the NCAA Division II South Central/West Regional being played at the Hiddenbrooke Golf Course.
The tournament runs through Wednesday, May 6, with the top five squads and the top two individuals not on a qualifying team advancing to the national championships on May 18-22 at the Rock Barn Golf & Spa in Conover, North Carolina.
The Vikings, who are making their 17th straight national appearance, shot 320.
Cal State Monterey Bay leads with a 2-over par total of 290, six shots better than second-place Simon Fraser (296). Sonoma State is third (300), and tied for fourth at 302 are Chico State and Colorado School of Mines.
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WWU was led by Chris Hatch, who carded a 78 and is tied for 45th in medalist play.
The Vikings’ Kyle Schrader, who took regional medalist honors in 2013, is tied for 66th (80). Mark Strickland is tied for 74th (81) with Brennan Emory (So., Mount Vernon), and Kyle Lindor is tied for 105th (86).
Ty Macias of Dominican CA and host Cal State East Bay’s Adam Stone are tied for medalist honors at 2-under 70. That is one shot better than Cal State Monterey Bay’s Anton Rosen at 1-under 71.