Blog 321, 3/11/15 - Vikings Finish Seventh in California

brennan emory
Brennan Emory
Western Washington University moved up three spots over the last two rounds Tuesday to finish seventh at the Notre Dame de Namur University Men’s Golf Invitational Tournament played at the 7,048-yard Poppy Ridge Golf Course in Livermore, Calif.
Despite the decent final day, it was a disappointing finish for a team that had a promising start to the spring season three weeks ago when it defeated the University of British Columbia in a match at Bellingham Golf and Country Club. "All in all, it was not our best showing,” said WWU head coach Luke Bennett. “We gave away a few shots on the last couple of holes which hurt. But we learned a few things which should help us as we go along.”
Western opened with a 21-over 309 on Monday morning then followed it with a 295 in the second round which wasn't completed until Tuesday morning. In the afternoon, the team put together a 299 for a 54-hole total of 903 (+39).
Cal State Monterey Bay (CSUMB) won the team title by 17 shots, finishing at four-under 860 after posting the best score in all three rounds of the 18-team tournament. Dominican was second on 13-over 877 and Simon Fraser University third on 879. Brigham Young University Hawaii was fourth on 884, Sonoma State fifth on 886, and Cal State Stanislaus sixth on 898.
Brennan Emory, a sophomore from Mount Vernon, was the Vikings' top finisher, coming in tied for 24th on eight-over 224. Chris Hatch was T32 on 226, Anthony Allen tied for 36th on 227, Mark Strickland finished 52nd on 231, and Willy Scholten tied for 77th on 245.
CSUMB's Branden Hoyt won individual honors on six-under 210. Hoyt won by three strokes over Dominican's Forbes Collins.
Results here.


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