Blog 303, 5/7/14 - Western Needs Final Day Charge

Coach Luke Bennett says the Vikings still have a chance.
WWU moved up one spot into 13th after two rounds of the NCAA Division II Men's Golf West/South Central Regional at 6,909-yard Grey Rock Golf Course in Austin, Texas Tuesday. The Vikings, the number six seed in the West region, shot a 15-over 303 for a 36-hole total of 612 (+36).
Host team St. Edward’s took the lead on 585, shooting a six-over 294 in round two. First round leader and defending champion Cal State Monterey Bay dropped to third on 590 (302), two shots behind second-place Western New Mexico.
“We’re not out of it,” said WWU head coach Luke Bennett. “Fifteen shots on this golf course could change in nine holes because of the firmness and windy conditions. It’s a tale of two nines here. Whoever manages the second nine best will do well.”
WWU’s Mark Strickland is in a six-way tie for 22nd on 148 after shooting a second consecutive 74. The junior from Mukilteo is just five shots off the lead. Freshman Chris Hatch, also from Mukilteo, is in a four-way tie for 42nd on 151 after a second-round 73, and senior Craig Crawford is in an eight-way tie for 48th on 153.
Completing the team are Kyle Schrader and Brennan Emory who are both tied for 103rd on 167.
Sharing the medalist lead on one-under 143 are Enrique Livas from St. Edward’s and Colin Prater from Colorado Mesa.
Scores here.

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