Blog 340, 4/1/16 - Vikings Finish Ninth at St. Edward's Invitational

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Michael Butler
It took until the third and final round of the St. Edward's Invitational at Onion Creek GC in Austin, TX for the Western Washington men's team to finally find top gear. A very disappointing opening two rounds saw the Vikings finish the first day in 12th place out of 15 teams on 37-over 597. Jeff Marcum's second-round two-over 72 was the best a Viking could do.
The team totally turned it around on Tuesday, however, firing a one-under 279 to climb three places into ninth, albeit 25 shots behind Central Missouri and Colorado - Colorado Springs who tied for first place on 851 (Central Missouri won on a tiebreaker).
The stars for WWU in the final round were junior Brett Johnson and freshman Michael Butler. Johnson carded a superb four-under 66 - a remarkable achievement given his 79-77 of the previous day - to finish on 12-over 222 and tied for 37th. Butler, meanwhile, posted a closing 68 to go with earlier rounds of 73 and 75. On six-over 216, he finished tied for 12th - his best collegiate finish.
Chris Hatch tied for 33rd on 11-over 221, while Marcum and Cody Roth each tied for 46th on 14-over 224, Roth shooting a one-over 72 in the final round.
"The guys showed up today ready to play and the score they posted showed that,” said head coach Luke Bennett. “They got off to a solid start, and even when they started to stumble a bit, they composed themselves and finished strong.”
Western New Mexico senior Calum Hill ran away with the individual title shooting ten-under 200 to win by eight strokes over Zach Tripp of Colorado – Colorado Springs.
Results here.

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