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).