WWU Vikings

Vikings seventh among 18 teams after first day at CSUMB Invitational

Western Washington University is seventh among 18 teams after two rounds Monday at the Cal State Monterey Bay Invitational in Seaside, Calif.

The Vikings shot rounds of 306 and 300 for a 36-hole total of 606.

Nova Southeastern leads the team standings at 584 (288-296), four shots better than host CSUMB at 588 (290-298). British Columbia is third at 592 (297-295), Simon Fraser is fourth at 598 (302-296) and Chico State is fifth at 603 (300-303).

“We played respectable,” WWU coach Luke Bennett said in a news release, “but we gave away some strokes down the stretch which was disappointing. The weather was perfect, but this course is a brute and is mentally draining.”

Chris Hatch leads WWU, being in a six-way tie for 14th at 149 (74-75).

The Vikings’ Kyle Schrader is tied for 25th at 151 (78-73), Kyle Lindor is tied for 30th at 153 (79-74), Mark Strickland is tied for 36th at 154 (76-78) and Anthony Allen is tied for 58th at 158 (78-80)

Tied for the medalist lead at 2-under par 142 are Richard Mansell (71-71) from Nova Southeastern and Robby Salomon (69-73) from CSUMB.

Tuesday’s final round begins with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.