March 6, 2006
AUBURN, Wash.- With the wind and rain at their backs, the Cougars battled through the first two rounds of the Washington Winter Championship to finish the day in second place. Five Cougars placed in the top 20 at the par-72, 7,039 yard Washington National Golf Course, March 6.
Sophomore Jordan Mason opened up the tournament with a 4-over 76 finishing round one tied for eighth. Mason matched his first round score during the second 18 holes to end the day tied for second, (152, +8). Mason, who competed as an individual, heads into the third and final round one stroke behind leader Shane Prante from St. Martin's.
Redshirt junior Jordan Madison finished the day tied for fifth after carding two 5-over 77s during the first day in Auburn. Madison, who moved up five spots during the second round, sits three strokes behind the leader at 10-over 154. Junior Kevin Chen also found himself in the top 10 after shooting a 5-over 77 during the second round to move him up three spots into a tie for ninth.
Redshirt senior David Fern and senior Ryan Witz each carded top 20 efforts during the first day. Fern, who sat in a tie for 25th after the first round, shot a 4-over 76 to finish knotted at 12th. Witz sits in a two-way tie for 16th at 13-over 157 heading into Tuesday's final round.
Despite the wild weather, Washington State as a team carded the lowest round of the day with a 308 in the second round to climb up two spots into second. The Cougars sit three strokes behind leader Oregon and are five strokes ahead of third place Western Washington.
"This was the toughest day of golf I've ever seen as a coach," said head coach Walt Williams. "With the temperature in the mid-40s, gusts of wind up to 45 mph, and playing one of the toughest courses we play all year, I thought we did pretty well."
Redshirt sophomore Matt Fladwood, freshman Max Reinland, and redshirt junior Chad Carlson rounded out the Cougar contingent playing as individuals. Fladwood, finished tied for 32nd (164, +20), while Reinland improved on his first round score by 10 strokes to finish the day in 42nd (168, +24). Carlson climbed two spots during the second round to cap off a 46th place effort (173, +29). Junior Chris Collins participated during the first round, but withdrew during the second 18 holes due to illness.
The final 18 holes of the Washington Winter Championship tee off at 7:30 a.m.Tuesday, March 7.
Washingtion Winter Championship March 6-7, 2006 Par-72, 7,039 yards Washington National Golf Course Auburn, Wash. Rounds 1 and 2
WSU Results: T2. Jordan Mason *(76-76 - 152, +8), T5. Jordan Madison (77-77 - 154, +10), T9. Kevin Chen (78-77 - 155, +11), T12. David Fern (80-76 - 156, +12), T16. Ryan Witz (79-78 - 157, +13), T32. Matt Fladwood *(79-85 - 164, +20), 42. Max Reinland *(89-79 - 168, +24), 46. Chad Carlson *(90-83 - 173, +29). WD-Chris Collins.
Top Five: 1. Shane Prante, St. Martin's (73-78 - 151, +7), T2. Chris Dukemimier, Oregon (77-75 - 152, +8), T2. Jordan Mason *, WSU(76-76 - 152, +8), 4. Kellen Eakin, Washington (79-74, -- 153, +9), T5. Tim Feenstra, Western Washington (73-81 - 154, +10), T5. Russell Grove (79-75 - 154, +10), T5. Jordan Madison, WSU, (77-77 - 154, +10), T5. Chris Westrum, St.Martin's (75-79 - 154, +10)
The Field: 1. Oregon (309-309 - 618, +42), 2. WSU (313-308 - 621, +45), 3. Western Washington University (309-317 - 626, +50), 4. St. Martin's University (311-318 - 629, +53), 5. Washington (320-311 - 631, +55), 6. Idaho (315-319 - 634, +58), 7. Idaho, JV (DNF) *Competing as individual