Blog 189, 3/7/12 - Vikings Finish Fourth at Hiddenbrooke

nickvareliaStrong winds sent scores soaring in the final round of the California State University East Bay Pioneer Shootout at Hiddenbrooke GC in Vallejo, Calif., yesterday. Western Washington, which won last year's tournament by ten strokes, began the day in third place but posted a 25-over-par 313 to finish the event on 55-over 919 and in fourth place, 12 shots behind winner CSU East Bay. It was the first time this season the Vikings have finished outside the top three.
“It was a disappointing performance all the way around for us,” said coach Steve Card. “The weather conditions were tough with gusting winds, but it was not a good tournament for us from top to bottom.”
Jake Webb's closing 74 - the best round of the day, and Nick Varelia's third-place finish were the lone highlights for Western. Webb climbed into a tie for 12th on 230 (+14) thanks to his excellent final round, while Varelia (right) shot 226 for the 54 holes to finish five behind winner Chris Herzog.
Dylan Goodwin, third overnight, struggled to an 82 to drop into a tie for seventh, while Brian Barhanovich tied for 35th on 236 (+20), and Evan Needham came in 52nd on 244 (+28).
Herzog, a member of the CSU East Bay team, shot 72, 71, 78 for a two-shot victory over Grand Canyon's Brandon Moore.
Scores here.

mattrThe wind was obviously blowing pretty hard in Fresno too as scores rocketed in the final round of the Fresno State Lexus Classic where Matt Rawitzer (right) was representing Oregon State University. Starting the day tied for tenth, the Bellingham native shot a closing 78 round the Fort Washington CC course to drop into a tie for 14th, ten shots behind the winner - San Diego State's Alex Ching. "The wind was brutal," Rawitzer told us this morning. "Gusts were clocked at 35 mph, and the course's small fast greens with tons of slope weren't made for it. Alex's 69 was unreal."
Rawitzer and his teammates did win the team event, however, despite a closing 20-over 380 (five scores counting).
Scores here.

jessigebhardtJessi Gebhardt (right) followed her opening 74 on the Faldo Course at Wildfire GC in Phoenix, Ariz., with another 74 on the Palmer Course yesterday, rising into a tie for 12th at the sixth Cactus Tour event of the 2012 season. She heads into today's final round nine shots behind leader Irene Cho who added a 71 to her opening 68.
Scores here.

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