Blog 202, 5/16/12 - Vikings Shoot One-under 287 in First Round at Nationals

Vaughan; first round 71.
Making its first appearance at the National Championship since 2008, Western Washington ended the first day's play at the tough Spencer Holt-designed Cardinal Club course in Simpsonville, Ky. in third place after a fine one-under-par round of 287. Central Oklahoma led the tournament on nine-under-par with UNC Pembroke six shots back in second.
“It was a good start for us,” said WWU coach Steve Card. “Everybody played well. We had some disappointing holes, but overall everyone played solid golf today. Maybe not scoring-wise, but this was one of the better days we’ve had this year.”
Leading the Vikings overnight were Sandy Vaughan and Craig Crawford who both posted one-under 71s on the 7,092-yard course and who were tied for 14th going into today's second round. Dylan Goodwin's even-par 72 could have been better after he birdied four of his first nine holes and made the turn in 3-under 33, but an inward 39 saw him fall back into a tie for 24th. Jake Webb had a 73 and Nick Varelia, the Great Northwest Atletic Conference Player of the Year, a slightly disappointing 76.
Central Oklahoma’s Josh Creel led the medalist standings after a seven-under 65.
Update: WWU posted a three-over 291 in this morning's second round with Goodwin and Varelia each shooting 71. Vaughan had a 73, Crawford a 76 and Webb a 77. The team is currently tied for fifth on two-over 578.
Update 2: At the end of the second day's play, WWU is in seventh place, 12 strokes behind leader Chico State.
Live scoring here.

Jessi Gebhardt shot a four-over 76 in yesterday's first round of the CN Canadian Women's Tour event at Richmond Country Club in Richmod, BC. Tied for 27th at the end of the day, she was six back of the three-way tie for the lead held by Allison Hanna, Joy Trotter and Tara Goedeken.  Gebhardt is two-over through nine holes of her second round, and currently tied for 31st on six-over-par.
Update: After a poor bogey, double-bogey start, Gebhardt played the remaining 16 holes in level par to shoot a 75 and finish the event tied for 27th on seven-over 151. Canadiam amateur Jisoo Keel won the tournament on one-under 143. 
Scores here.

Couple of reminders - Pro Golf Discount's Tent Sale starts today, and the Two-Man Scramble at Lake Padden is this coming Saturday. Call the pro shop on 738-7400 to schedule a tee-time.

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