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WWU men’s golf remains 19th at NCAA II South Central/West Regional

The Western Washington University men’s golf team remained 19th among 20 teams after second-day play Tuesday, May 5, at the NCAA Division II South Central/West Regional being held at the Hiddenbrooke Golf Course.

The Vikings, making their 17th straight regional appearance, shot 319 for a 36-hole total of 639.

Cal State Monterey Bay had its six-shot, first-round lead cut to four at 593 (303). Moving into second at 597 after shooting the day’s best round of 297 was Sonoma State. Tied for third at 605 are Western New Mexico (301) and Simon Fraser (309), with Chico State fifth at 606 (304).

WWU was led by Chris Hatch, who moved up 10 spots by shooting a 4-over 76. He is in a four-way tie for 35th at 154.

The Vikings’ Mark Strickland made a jump of 15 spots to move into a six-way tie for 59th at 158 (77).

WWU’s Brennan Emory is tied for 91st at 165 (84), Kyle Lindor is tied for 96th at 168 (82) and Kyle Schrader is 106th at 170 (90). Schrader took regional medalist honors in 2013.

Patrick Skakel from Colorado-Colorado Springs took over as medalist leader at 1-under 143, shooting a 2-under 70 on Tuesday, matching the best round of the tournament.

Host Cal State East Bay’s Adam Stone and Ty Macias of Dominican, who were co-leaders after Monday’s first round, are now second (74=144) and third (75=145), respectively. There is a five-way tie for fourth at 146.

The tournament runs through Wednesday with the top five squads and the top two individuals not on a qualifying team advancing to the national championships on May 18-22 at the Rock Barn Golf & Spa in Conover, North Carolina.