Warriors stumble through Bandon Dunes

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BANDON, Ore. — Skagit Valley improved by eight shots here Monday at Bandon Dunes and pulled out a one-shot victory over Spokane at the annual Southwest Oregon Invitational men’s golf tournament.

The Cardinals carved out a 296 team total for their top four players during the second round of the 36-hole event after notching a 304 score during Sunday’s opening round at Bandon Trails. The Sasquatch, the first-day leaders at 296, could do no better than 305 over the final 18 holes.

Green River proved to be the tournament’s most consistent team. The Gators shot 308 Monday after a first-round 307, but that left them 15 shots off the winning pace and tied for third place with the University of Fraser Valley.

Other than Skagit Valley, the Cascades were the only squad to play Bandon Dunes more efficiently than Bandon Trails, posting a 305 score Monday after a 310 count on Sunday.

Bellevue and host Southwest Oregon tied for fifth place with identical 316 scores. The Bulldogs were in second place after a first-round 299 at Bandon Trails but ballooned to 317 Monday while the Lakers shot back-to-back 308 scores.

Then came Walla Walla at 625, followed by Olympic 627, Columbia Basin 638 and Central Washington University 674. The Warriors scored 310 on Sunday but were unable to make a move during the second round and settled for a 315 score at Bandon Dunes.

“Our team and individual results were lackluster,” Warriors coach Mike Rostollan said. “Our eyes now turn to next week.”

The NWAACC golf season concludes Sunday and Monday in Walla Walla as the Warriors host the championship tournament. Round one will be played at Veterans Memorial Golf Course, commencing at 10 a.m., and the concluding round will be played at the Walla Walla Country Club, with tee times slated to begin at 7:30 a.m,

“If the Warriors ever had a chance to shine, next week would be a good time,” Rostollan said.

There hasn’t been much glitter so far for Walla Walla, and Monday was no exception.

The Warriors’ Grant Geelan began the day tied for sixth place and six shots off the lead after a 1-over-par 73 at Bandon Trails. But Geelan skyrocketed to 86 Monday at Bandon Dunes and finished the tournament in a four-way tie for 29th place at 159.

Mike Ciez was at least consistent for the Warriors, shooting 78 Monday after a first-round 77. His 155 total gave him a share of 16th place with Trey Udy of Southwest Oregon.

Andrew Grove chalked up WWCC’s best score Monday with a 3-over-par 75. Coupled with his first-round 81, Grove finished one shot behind Ciez and in a four-way tie for 18th place.

Tanner Potter carded an 83 for Walla Walla’s fourth counting score and was in a two-way tie for 41st place in the 60-player field at 164. Jon Wilson, who shot a counting 80 at Bandon Trails, followed up with a non-counting 87 at Bandon Dunes for a 167 score that left him in a tie for 47th place.

Green River’s Broc Johnson was the tournament medalist by defeating Evan Omelia of Spokane in a playoff after they matched 3-under-par 141 scores over 36 holes of regulation play. Johnson shot a 1-over-par 73 Monday to catch Omelia, who shared the first-day lead at 67 but could do no better than a 2-over 74 Monday.

Bellevue’s Colton Kleis, Sunday’s other co-leader, struggled to a 79 Monday and settled for a tie for fourth place with Josh Whitley of Skagit Valley, both players finishing at 146. Whitley shot back-to-back 73s to move up the leader board.

Third place went to Spokane’s Kurt Simmons, who carded a 3-over 75 Monday after a 3-under 69 Sunday for an even-par final score of 144.

In women’s play at Pacific Dunes Monday, Columbia Basin’s Hope Neidhold pulled away to the individual championship and the Hawks sailed to an easy team triumph with a 496 score for their top three players over 36 holes.

After shooting a 3-over-par 75 Sunday at Bandon Dunes, Neidhold found the Pacific Dunes track a little more difficult Monday with a closing 83 and a 158 overall score. That was still good enough for a 4-shot victory over Dani Shap of Fraser University and Bri Hadler of CBC, who matched 162 scores.

Shap, who began the day just one stroke behind Neidhold after touring Bandon Dunes for a 4-over-par 76, ballooned to 86 Monday while Hadler shot a second-round 84 after opening play with a 78.

It was another four shots back to Suchada Anusuriya of Bellevue, who finished alone in fourth place at 166 after shooting a second-round 82, two shots better than her first-day score.

Bellevue finished second in the team scoring with a 509 count, followed by Green River 522, Spokane 536 and Walla Walla 540.

Kelsey Sage led the Warriors’ trio of women with an 86 Monday, eight shots better than her first-round score, and her 180 total was good for 17th place in the field of 29.

Stephanie Bullock was WWCC’s top shooter overall with a 174 score that was good for a share of 11th place with Leslie Guzman of Olympic. Bullock carded 89 Monday after shooting 85 Sunday.

The Warriors’ Kelsey Bigness placed 21st with a 192 total after rounds of 91 and 101.

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