Webster, Coyotes in hunt for national championship

The Cal State San Bernardino golf team shot the best round of the day
and moved into second place at the NCAA Division Championships at the
Loomis Trail Golf Club in Blaine, Wash. Junior Gene Webster led the
effort as the Coyotes finished with a 2-over 286, pulling them within
one stroke of Barry (Fla.) which shot a 290 and has a two-day total
583.

There is a five-stroke gap to No. 1 ranked Columbus State and CCAA
champion Sonoma State who are tied for third at 589.

“We’re right where we need to be,” Coyotes coach Tom Mainez said.
“It’s something we talked about all year and the guys did the job.
The good thing is we’re in this position and we have guys that we
know can shoot better than they have so far.”

For Wednesday’s second round the Coyotes were paired with Columbus
State which Mainez liked.

“It’s good to see where you stand when you’re playing with such a
quality team,” he added. “They’re making shot after shot and you
want to go out and match them. For some teams it might be distracting
but our guys like it. They can take it the right way without losing
focus.”

Webster, making his third straight appearance at nationals, is tied
for first place individually with Wayne State (Mich.) senior Steve
Cuzzort. The two are the only players in the 107-man field under par
after 36 holes on the 6,955-yard par 71 course.

Webster finished on the front nine with a 34 and birdied the last two
holes to finish even for the day and 1-under (141) for the
tournament. His round consisted of seven birdies, five bogeys and a
double bogey on the par-4 No. 17.

“Last year I was going through a swing change and I still was not
feeling comfortable with it,” he said. “I am feeling pretty good
now, more like I was my freshman year.”

The Coyotes are in contention even though No. 2 player Kenny Pigman,
a sophomore out of Norco, has yet to match the scores he put up
during the regular season. He is 9-over for the tournament after a
4-over on Wednesday.

Junior Joe Alldis and senior Micah Burke are part of an eight-way tie
for 14th with each at 5-over 147. Burke had the best score of the day
for the Coyotes at 1-under 70 with four birdies and three bogeys.

Junior Thomas Chu improved from a 6-over the first day to a 2-over 74
the second and is at 150.

“It’s reassuring to know we’re right in the hunt and we haven’t put
together our best round yet. This would be a good time to do it,”
Mainez said.

Third round play starts at 7:30 today. Chu will be the first off for
the Coyotes, teeing off at 1 p.m. The Coyote players will be going
off with those from Sonoma State and Ba

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