Blog 289, 10/23/13 - Vikings Finish Sixth in California; Hatch Shoots 67

A round to remember for Chris Hatch.
WWU freshman Chris Hatch shot a career-low five-under par 67, finishing his round with a hole in one, as the Vikings completed the fall portion of their schedule by placing sixth at the Cal State University Monterey Bay Men's Golf Invitational which ended Tuesday at the 6,699-yard Black Horse Golf Club in Seaside, Calif.
Hatch aced the 194-yard 18th hole with a 7-iron for his first ever hole in one. The 67 was the low round of his career, and it matched the best round of the tournament - teammate Mark Strickland shooting the same score during Monday's second round.
"Chris played well throughout, and was probably rewarded for that today," said WWU head coach Luke Bennett.
Hatch moved up 18 places to finish 12th with a 54-hole total of 219, while Strickland slid down the leaderboard to T28 after a disappointing 85.
WWU fell three places to finish sixth in the 15-team field, shooting 307 for an 898 total.
"It was a tough day overall," Bennett said. "They set the course up with some difficult pin locations, and it showed. But we saw some much better golf the last two tournaments, and I'm looking forward to the spring portion of our season with a young and talented team."
Host CSUMB, ranked No.8 nationally, led wire-to-wire for the victory. The Otters shot 288 to finish on ten-under 854. No.1-rated Barry was second on 881, 27 strokes back.
WWU's Kyle Schrader tied for 30th on 227 after a closing 78, David Fonua was T49 on 233 following an 84, and Brennan Emory shot 78 to finish on 236 and tied for 57th.
CSUMB's Anton Rosen (70) and Barry's Mario Beltran (73), the leader after two rounds Monday, tied for medalist honors on five-under 211.
WWU returns to action on March 3-4, competing at the St. Edward's Invitational.
Results here.

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