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WWU men’s golf places second at GNAC Championships

Western Washington University moved up one spot to place second at the 8th Annual Great Northwest Athletic Conference Men’s Golf Championships which ended Tuesday, Apr. 21, at the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course (6,803 yards) in Idaho.

Simon Fraser, ranked No. 10 in the latest Golf Coaches Association of America NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, led wire-to-wire and won by 37 strokes with a 54-hole total of 15-under par 837. The Clan, which shot a final-round 279, had the best three rounds of the tournament, shooting 277 and 281 on Monday.

WWU moved up a place after each round, finishing with a 292 for a total of 874. That was two strokes better than third-place and defending champion Northwest Nazarene at 876 (295). Saint Martin’s was fourth (298=885) and Montana State Billings fifth (300=894).

“It was good to move up each round,” WWU head coach Luke Bennett said in a news release. “Simon Fraser played impressive golf.”

SFU had the top four individual finishers, led by medalist Bret Thompson at 205 (70). Chris Crisologo was second at 206, firing a final-round 5-under 66, the best of the two-day tourney. John Mlikotic was third at 212 (73) and Kevin Vigna was fourth at 214 (70).

Leading the Vikings were Mark Strickland (78) and Chris Hatch (73), who finished tied for eighth at 219. Strickland opened the tournament with rounds of 71 and 70.

WWU’s Kyle Lindor tied for 11th at 220 (75), Kyle Schrader tied for 15th at 222, firing a final-round 69, the Vikings’ best of the tourney; and Anthony Allen tied for 19th at 227 (75).

“Lots of credit to Kyle’s round,” Bennett said. “He spoke about stepping up at our team meeting last night and he did that. He kept his emotions in check and played very relaxed”

The Vikings won the first six GNAC titles before placing fourth in 2014.