Blog 102, 3/8/11 - Vikings Earn 'Ugly Win' in California

Barhanovich; T9
Western's Washington University's 2010-2011 record makes impressive reading - Played 6, Won 4, Second 1, and one 'other' (17th at the Waikoloa Invitational in which 18 Division I teams and two Division II teams played). The fourth victory came today in the Pioneer Shootout hosted by CSU-East Bay and played at the 6,782-yard Arnold Palmer-designed Hiddenbrooke GC in Vallejo, CA., where the team shot a closing twelve-over-par 300 to finish on 33-over 897 and win by ten strokes.
Of course, a three-round total of 33-over 897 wouldn't normally be good enough for a ten-stroke victory. It wouldn't usually be good for any sort of victory in fact. But with the wind gusting to 25mph or more, conditions were especially tough.
“It was an ugly win as we didn’t play particularly well,” said Western coach Steve Card.  “I think the golf course won this tournament, but we were just able to do a little bit better than everyone else.”
Leading the Vikings was Dylan Goodwin who finished second in medal play with a 54-hole total of two-over 218. The sophomore finished six strokes behind medalist Kenny Pigman of Cal State San Bernardino who shot an excellent 69 in round three to finish on four-under 212.
Also finishing in the top-ten for the Vikings was Brian Barhanovich whose ten-over 226 gave him a tie for ninth. Sandy Vaughn closed the tournament with a fine level-par 72 that saw him finish in a tie for 11th on 11-over 227, while Xavier Dailly still managed a top-20 finish (T17 on 14-over 230) despite shooting a final-round 80.  Nick Varelia tied for 27th on 233, and Sam Ayotte, playing as an individual, was tied for 13th on 228.
“If anyone had told me that we would win today with Xavier (Dailly) shooting 80, I wouldn’t have believed it,” Card said. “But we have a lot of depth on this team, and we continue to demonstrate that.”
Chico State was second on 907, Sonoma State third a further three shots behind.

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