Blog 238, 9/18/12 - Vikings Finish Third at Season Opener

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Goodwin; final round 70.
Starting the third and final round 14 shots behind leader Nova Southeastern and eight back of second-place Barry, it was highly unlikely the Vikings were going to finish higher than their overnight third at the University of Indianapolis Invitational at 7,180-yard Brickyard Crossing GC. There was a threat from behind, however, as CSU Monterey Bay sat only two back.
But with a solid enough nine-over 297, the second best score on a blustery final day, the Bellingham team did more than enough to retain that third place, ultimately finishing 11 shots clear of CSU Monterey Bay in fourth.
"Overall, I was pretty happy with our performance," said WWU coach Steve Card. "It was a tough day out there with the winds blowing all day long which made it very challenging. We lost to the number one and two-ranked teams in the country, but we also know that we can play with those guys. So, I'm encouraged with where we're at right now. It was a good way to start."
Even though Jake Webb was the best-placed Viking, finishing tied for third on two-under 214, it was Dylan Goodwin who shot the team's best round of the day, a two-under 70 - just one shot higher than the day's best solo round - that vaulted him into a tie for fifth on 215. Mark Strickland was tied for 21st on 223 after a 77 and Sandy Vaughan finished T27 on 224. Newcomer Kyle Schrader who joined the Vikings in the summer following a year at Biola University, was 78th on 241.
At the top of the team leaderboard, Barry shot a fine 290 to reel in Nova Southeastern and win by five, while Barry's Jole Berry took the individual title on nine-under 207 after carding a superb final round 69.
Scores here.

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Kristen Hansen
With a remarkable final round of 71 (-1), freshman Kristen Hansen jumped 24 places up the leaderboard and helped the Vikings climb two places into seventh at the Angelo State Concho River Classic in San Angelo, TX Tuesday. WWU shot a collective 304 (+16), the fourth best round of the day, to complete the tournament on 625 (+49).
"We played much better today," said WWU coach Bo Stephan. "Kristen (Hansen) had a great round and Claire (Rachor) played very solid. It was really fun to see Kristen play so well. Her front nine (32) was awesome, and it could have been even better. She's definitely going to be a factor for us this year."
Hansen and Rachor finished tied for 13th on 152, while Anna Bourland was T34 on 159, and Kayla Case and Kara Zitzman tied for 46th on 164.
St. Edwards University won the tournament by nine strokes with a total of 594 (+18), shooting a tournament-best 297 for the second straight day. Midwestern State was second on 603. In the individual competition, Tarleton State's Isabell Jimenez-Perea beat University of Incarnate Word's Flower Castillo in a playoff after both had completed the regulation 36 holes on even-par 144.

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