Blog 188, 3/5/12 - Vikings Third After First 36 in California

Goodwin; 72, 74
With rounds of 302 and 304, Western Washington University is in third place out of 13 teams at the California State University East Bay Pioneer Shootout being played at Hiddenbrooke GC in Vallejo, Calif. On a collective 30-over-par 606, the Vikings are five behind the host team in second and 12 behind leader Grand Canyon University (GCU).
“We had a disappointing morning round except for Dylan and Nick,” said WWU coach Steve Card. “Then the weather conditions got very challenging in the afternoon. It’s supposed to be windy again tomorrow, and we’ll need an exceptional round in those conditions to get back in this thing.”
Dylan Goodwin is third individually after posting a morning 72, and a 74 after lunch. Nick Varelia, two places back, shot a superb 70 in round one but struggled in the afternoon with a 78.
Meanwhile Jake Webb and Brian Barhanovich are tied for 32nd on 156, and Evan Needham is back in a tie for 55th on 163.
Leading the individual competition is GCU's Brandon Moore who shot 69-74 today.
Scores here.

At the Fresno State Lexus Classic being played at Fort Washington CC in Fresno, Calif., Oregon State University holds an eight-shot advantage over Sacramento State and UC Irvine after 36 holes Monday. Playing for the Beavers is  Bellingham's Matt Rawitzer who shot 69, 72 on the 6,729-yard Bill Watson-designed course to complete 36 holes on three-under 141 and in a tie for 10th, two shots behind the two-man tie for second and six behind leader Michael Yang of UC Irvine.
Scores here.

In the sixth Cactus Tour event of 2012, being played at Wildfire GC in Phoenix, Ariz., Jessi Gebhardt is tied for 16th after shooting a 74 on the Faldo Course Monday. Among those players above her on the leaderboard are LPGA regulars Irene Cho and Diana D'Alessio who shot 68 and 70 respectively, and Big Break Ireland contestant Mallory Blackwelder who had a 71.
"I worked hard on sticking to the process and working with what I brought to the course," Gebhardt said on her blog this evening. She plays the Palmer Course tomorrow and the Faldo Course again on Wednesday. Next week's LPGA Tour event, the RR Donnelly Founders Cup will be played on the back nines of Wildfire's two courses. Gebhardt hopes to Monday qualify.
Scores here.

Congratulations to the teams of J. Fuchs, B. Walker, J. Bergner, and D. Czarnecki; and B. Shannon, C. Roth, M. Cowell, C. Crawford who shared first place in the weekend's KISM High-Mid-Low Bestball at Sudden Valley with a Gross 150; and also to D. Bobillott, P. Kolodychuk, C.Roth, R. Kruhlak who won the Net prize with a 138.

Shuksan GC announced last week the completion of its new outdoor wedding terrace which will seat 250+ guests.

Cam Frick won the WGT Finale at Lake Padden on Saturday with a Gross 72. Doug Nemo, Yvon Charbonneau and Terry Moore each had Net 68s, but Nemo won the $60 payout on a countback. With a Gross 78, Ken Gunning won the Division II tournament and double points (last event of the WGT) which enabled him to leapfrog a number of players and win the Winter Golf Tour with a total of 195 points. Yvon Charbonneau was second on 190, while Doug Nemo and Fritz Willits sharing third on 180.
Final standings here.

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