Warriors seventh at foggy Heron Lakes

Jeff Neher's 76 leads the WWCC men during the opening round of the Cavalier Classic in Portland.

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PORTLAND — Walla Walla Community College’s men’s golf team found itself in seventh place in a 12-school field here Monday following the opening 18 holes of the Concordia of Portland’s Cavalier Classic at the Heron Lakes Golf Course.


The first round was played in somewhat foggy conditions and the tournament’s second 18 holes was completed Sunday afternoon after the sun came out. Second-round team totals were not available.


Rocky Mountain College of Billings, Mont., had the team lead after 18 holes with a 281 total for its best four individual scores. The Warriors came in at 308.


Mark Segerstrom of Rocky Mountain set the early pace with a sparkling 7-under-par 65.


Walla Walla was led by Jeff Neher, who shot a first-round 76 and was "somewhere around 15th place," Warriors coach Mike Rostollan said. Mike Noreen and Max Levith matched 77s for WWCC, Daniel Morgan carded 78 and Kordd Thornton shot a non-counting 80.


While Rostollan did not have team totals or other players’ scores for the second round available, he was able to report was his players shot during the afternoon round. And with the exception of Neher, who shot 77, everyone improved.


Noreen had a second-round 74, Levitch shot 76 and Morgan and Thornton matched 77s.


"I think we may have moved up a little as a team, but I am not sure of that," Rostollan said.


In women’s play Monday, Ashley King of Northwest Christian was the individual medalist with a 75 and host Concordia had the team lead with a 320 total.


Walla Walla had just one woman entered in the field. Jamie Robison recorded a first-round 119.


All but two of the 12 schools participating are four-year schools, Rostollan said.


"Southwest Christian and ourselves are the only two-year schools here," he said.


Tuesday’s third round was delayed due to fog and was set to start about an hour late, the Warriors coach reported.

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