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WWU finishes 19th at NCAA II South Central/West Regional

Western Washington University’s Chris Hatch shot a final-round 3-over par 75, the team’s best of the tournament, to tie for 31st place in medalist play at the NCAA Division II South Central/West Regional, which ended Wednesday, May 6, at the Hiddenbrooke Golf Course.

The Vikings finished 19th among a field of 20 in the team standings at 958 after shooting 319 for the second straight day.

Cal State Monterrey Bay claimed its second regional championship in three years after posting a final-round 6-over par 294. CSUMB held the lead wire-to-wire in the three-round event, finishing at 23-over 887. Sonoma State was second at 906, with Chico State and Simon Fraser tied for third at 908.

West Texas A&M claimed the region’s last team national tournament berth, finishing at 913, three shots ahead of Cameron, which had the best final round score at 3-over 291. The national tourney is May 18-22 at the Rock Barn Golf & Spa at Conover, North Carolina.

Hatch posted rounds of 78, 76 and 75 for a 54-hole total of 229.

The Vikings’ Mark Strickland tied for 80th at 241 (83).

WWU’s Brennan Emory tied for 88th at 244, shooting 79; Kyle Schrader placed 102nd at 252 (82) and Kyle Lindor tied for 103rd at 253 (85).

Patrick Skakel from Colorado-Colorado Springs and Ray Richards of CSUMB shared medalsist honors at 1-over 217. Richards made up a 3-shot deficit entering the final round with a 1-under 71 that included a 70-foot eagle putt.

Skakel and Josh Aguilar of Dallas Baptist earned individual berths to the national tournament.

The regional appearance was the 17th straight for WWU.