Blog 306, 5/16/14 - Bellingham and Viking Golfers Come up Short at US Open Qualifier

kyleschraderThe seven golfers from Bellingham and Western Washington University entered into US Open qualifying didn't do enough at Suncadia on Wednesday to earn passage to the next stage.
The local qualifier, held on the 7,092-yard Tom Doak-designed Tumble Creek course, was won by Arizona's Matt Marshall who shot a superb four-under 67 to beat Spokane professional Corey Prugh by one, and Ellensburg's Dan Whitaker by two.
A total of six golfers progressed to the next stage, seeking the opportunity to play against the world's best at Pinhurst No. 2 from June 12th to the 15th. Extra holes were needed to separate the five golfers who posted one-under 70s.
The best showing from a Bellingham-based golfer was the three-over 74 by Western senior-to-be Kyle Schrader (right). Viking teammates Chris Hatch (76), Mark Strickland (81), and Craig Crawford, (81), will also have to wait another year for their chance to become major champions as will the team's interim head coach Luke Bennett who shot 76, Bryant D'Hondt (83), and Phillip Kohnken (90).
Results here.

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