Blog 318, 9/23/14 - Western Finishes Fourth at Home

Mark Strickland's closing 68 saw him climb ten places.
Despite shooting its lowest round of the tournament - a seven-under 281, Western Washington was not able to move out of its overnight position at Bellingham Golf and Country Club, Tuesday. The Vikings did make up a little ground on both CSU Stanislaus and Simon Fraser University who shared second on 15-under 849, but it could do nothing about a rampant UBC which fired a 12-under 276 to complete the three rounds on 35-under 829 - 20 shots clear of the teams in second and 23 ahead of WWU.
Even so, Coach Luke Bennett was pleased overall with his team's performance.
“The guys showed a lot of heart today,” he said. “They got off to a little bit of a rough start, but kept their chins up and shot their best round. They showed a lot of grit today. I’m really proud of how our guys are playing.”
Leading the Vikings was Mark Strickland who closed with a 68 to finish the tournament in eighth place on four-under 212. Anthony Allen, fourth overnight on four-under, struggled to a 73 Tuesday which dropped him five spots, while Kyle Schrader and Brennan Emory tied for 13th with three others on two-under 214. Chris Hatch shot a second successive 78 to finish tied for 51st on 12-over 228.
British Columbia's winning total broke the previous tournament scoring record by an amazing 17 shots, and the Thunderbirds finished with the three top individual players - Connor Kozack (72 today) and Jack Wood (64) who tied for second on nine-under 207, and Evan Holmes who shot a 68 to finish as medalist on 14-under 202.
Kyle Lindor was Western's top 'B' team player, tieing for 21st on one-over 217.
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