Blog 185, 2/10/12 - Vikings Beat Thunderbirds in Vancouver

Nick Varelia
Western Washington got 2012 off to a good start Friday, shooting even-par 292 at the same Shaughnessy GC at which so many PGA Tour players struggled last August, to beat the University of British Columbia by two shots in a head-to-head match.
Representing WWU were Dylan Goodwin (level-par 73), Jake Webb (74), Mark Strickland (74) Brian Barhanovich (76), and Nick Varelia who led the Vikings with an excellent two-under-par 71.
“For the team to shoot par on a world-class golf course with the limited time we’ve had to practice, I’m very pleased,” said WWU coach Steve Card. “The pins were placed in the same spots they were on Sunday at last year’s RBC Canadian Open.”
The competition was the first since late October for the Vikings, ranked No.9 in the Golf Coaches Association of America/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll.
Playing as individuals for WWU were Evan Needham who shot 74, and Thomas Jun who shot 78. UBC’s Jack Wesche took medalist honors with a three-under 70.
Western, which placed among the top three teams in all five of its fall tournaments, next competes at the Cal State East Bay Pioneer Shootout on March 5-6 at Vallejo, Calif.

The Seattle Golf Show kicked off today with over 200 exhibitors and a sizeable army of enthusiastic golfers cramming into the CenturyLink Field Event Center on Occidental Ave. S.
The show runs all weekend, the doors opening tomorrow morning at 10am and closing at 5pm. On Sunday, the show runs from 10am to 4pm. Adult admission is $14, ages 13-17 pay $5, and kids 12 and under get in free. There are all sorts of competitions and demonstrations going on, and you'll have the opportunity to try all the latest gear. I had my first hit of the TaylorMade RocketBallz driver today and it felt fantastic.

Bellingham's own Aerotech Shafts has been reporting a good deal of success recently with its innovative SteelFiber shaft being used to win the Farmers Insurance Open. Brandt Snedeker who beat Kyle Stanley in a playoff, put the i95 shaft into his irons just prior to the FedEx Cup Playoffs and recorded two straight third-place finishes. At the Barclays, played at Plainfield CC in Edison, N.J., he shot a third (and final) round 61, and at the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston, he finished two shots out of the Webb Simpson/Chez Reavie playoff. Fellow SteelFiber user Matt Kuchar finished second at the Barclays and third on the season's final money list.
"We now have Matt Kuchar, Brandt Snedeker, Carl Pettersson, Mike Weir and Hale Irwin using the shafts," says Aerotech's President Chris Hilleary. "And I sent sets out to Jerry Kelly and Woody Austin this week to test. Things are really starting to snowball out there for us."

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