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WWU men third after first day at GNAC Championships in SFU runaway

Western Washington University is third, 24 strokes behind the leader, at the 8th Annual Great Northwest Athletic Conference Men’s Golf Championships following first-day play Monday, April 20, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Simon Fraser, ranked No. 10 in the latest Golf Coaches of America NCAA Division II Top 25, leads with a 36-hole score of 10-under par 558 (277-281) after shooting an opening-round 277.

The Clan has four of the top five in medalist play, led by Bret Thompson with a four-shot lead at 135 (68-67). John Mlikotic is second at 139 (69-70), Chris Crisologo third at 140 (69-71) and Kevin Vigna is in a three-way tie for fifth at 144 (71-73).

Defending champion Northwest Nazarene is second in the team standings at 581 (287-294), one stroke better than WWU at 582 (294-288). Saint Martin’s is fourth at 587 (291-296) and Montana State Billings fifth at 594 (301-293).

The Vikings, who were fourth after the first round, were led by Mark Strickland, who is fourth individually, six shots out of the lead, at 1-under 141 with rounds of 71 and 70.

WWU’s Kyle Lindor is in a four-way tie for eighth at 145 (70-75), Chris Hatch is tied for 12th at 146 (74-72), Anthony Allen is 19th at 152 (79-73) and Kyle Schrader is 20th at 153 (80-73).