Tuesday, April 23, 2013
SPOKANE — Walla Walla Community College’s men could only watch as Green River’s Broc Johnson carded an 8-under-par 63 — what Warrior coach Mike Rostollan said is the lowest round of the modern NWAACC era — as the Bigfoot Invitational concluded Monday at Indian Canyon.
Johnson’s performance didn’t equal a tournament victory, however, as Spokane’s Evan Omelia edged him in a playoff after both recorded 138.
“I’d have to check to see, at any time, had anyone ever been lower,” Rostollan said of Johnson’s final round. “But I don’t think so.”
Mike Ciez turned in a 2-over 73 to follow Sunday’s first round 78 at Hangman Valley to finish tied for 10th at 151 as the Wariors finished fourth as a team.
Tannen Potter finished one stroke back at 79-73—152, Grant Geelan was 74-80—154 and Cole Sajonia was 79-77—156.
“The men faded on the final few holes with doubles and triples by my
counters,” Rostollan said. “Otherwise, we’re right there — at least closer to Spokane than the score indicates.”
Spokane won the team competition behind Omelia’s victory at 584, followed by Johnson’s Green River at 598, Southwest Oregon 609, WWCC 610, Olympic 611, Bellevue 614, Skagit Valley 616, Grays Harbor 634, and Columbia Basin 658.
“A better effort, and they are showing signs of
coming around, of rounding into form,” Rostollan said of the WWCC men. “Cole (Sajonia), Mike (Ciez) and Tannen (Potter) were all
under par at one point, only to fall back.”
For the Warrior women, Stephanie Bullock turned in a 90-94—184, good for ninth place as WWCC finished fifth as a team.
Shay Jones finished one stroke back, tied for 10th with Bellevue’s Corey Rois after carding 92-93—185. She was followed closely by Kelsy Bigness’ 95-91‚186, and Kelsey Sage’s 93-100—193.
“Shay (Jones) and Stephanie (Bullock) both had solid tournaments with top 10 finishes,” Rostollan said. “And while we dropped back a little today, the women have it in them to move up the leaderboard.”
Columbia Basin won the match with 533 points, followed by Green River at 537, Bellevue 540, Spokane 542, WWCC 553 and Centralia 728.
Also competing for the WWCC men were Brennon Lancaster, who turned in a 79-78—157, and Sean Anerson at 87-77—164.
For the women, Autumn Snyder carded 113-104—217.
Walla Walla next heads to an NWAACC tournament at Suncadia’s Prospector course in Roslyn, Wash., next Sunday and Monday.