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WWU men’s golf tied for fifth after first day at Hawaii-Hilo Invitational

Western Washington University’s Chris Hatch is in a six-way tie for fourth in medalist play and the Vikings are tied for fifth in the team standings after first-day play Friday at the 24th Annual Dennis Rose Intercollegiate Men’s Golf Tournament in Hilo, Hawaii.

The Vikings, ranked No. 20 in the latest Golf Coaches Association of America/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, shot rounds of 316 and 308 for a 36-hole total of 624.

Host University of Hawaii Hilo leads the 13-team field at 614 (302-312), three strokes better than second-place St. Edward’s at 617 (302-315). Wilmington DE is third at 619 (315-304) and Cal State Stanislaus is fourth at 621 (308-313).

WWU is tied with Northwest Nazarene (312-312) for fifth.

Hatch had rounds of 74 and 75 for a 149 total. Wilmington’s Jordan Lamb is the medalist leader at 3-over par 147 (76-71). Tied for second, one stroke behind at 148 are two Hawaii-Hilo players – Dalen Yamauchi (72-76) and Ric Yamamoto (73-76).