PORTLAND — Heron Lakes’ Great Blue course played a lot tougher — not to mention a lot longer — here Tuesday during the third and final round of Concordia College’s Cavalier Classic golf tournament.
Nonetheless, Walla Walla Community College’s men’s team was able to move up three spots in the team standings, finishing fourth in a 12-team field with a final tally of 932, 64 strokes off the pace and 68 strokes over par.
Rocky Mountain College of Billings, Mont., took the team championship with an 868 final score. The Montanans shot 299 on the final day after posting a 36-hole score of 569 during Monday’s double round on Heron Lakes’ Green Back course. Victoria, B.C., finished second with an 899 score and Northwest Christian took third at 915.
"I was pretty happy considering the Great Blue course is quite a bit tougher than Green Back," Warriors coach Mike Rostollan said. "It’s longer, it has more bunkers and more water hazards."
And then there was that 40-player tournament that teed off in front of the collegians and clogged up the course.
"It was one long 6 1/2-hour round," Rostollan said. "There was a huge wait at the turn, and there were five groups stacked up on the 11th tee.
"And we had a one-hour fog delay before we ever got on the course," Rostollan added. "It was real trying on everyone."
Justin Ahrens of Northwest Christian handled the conditions best as he shot a final-round, 1-under-par 71 for a 210 score for 54 holes and claimed medalist honors. He finished six shots better than par and beat Mark Segerstrom of Rocky Mountain, who shot a 4-over 76 on Tuesday, by two strokes.
Segerstrom opened with rounds of 65 and 71 Monday on the Green Back course, but he fared not nearly as well Tuesday despite what Rostollan described as ideal playing conditions — blue skies and mild temperatures — other than the slow play.
Mike Noreen and Jeff Neher led the WWCC contingent with a 231 scores for 54 holes, 15 shots over par and tied for 12th place. Noreen had rounds of 77, 74 and 80 while Neher turned in scores of 76, 77 and 78.
Max Levitch, after rounds of 77 and 74 on the Green Back course, shot an 83 for the Warriors Tuesday for a 234 total, good for 17th place. Dan Morgan was 78-77-81—236, 24th place, and Kordd Thornton finished 80-79-83—242 for 35th spot in the individual standings.
"Our guys were respectable," Rostollan said. "I think we’ve got the talent to be competitive in the NWAACC, and we’ve still got some guys at home who can’t wait to qualify for the team."
The Warriors have one more fall tournament before heading indoors for the winter. They’ll play at Suncadia, a new resort layout between Cle Elum and Roslyn, Oct. 19-20 in a tourney hosted by Central Washington University.
In women’s play Tuesday at Heron Lakes, WWCC’s lone entry, Jamie Robison, finished in 40th place with a 366 total after rounds of 119, 127 and 120.
Host Concordia took the team championship with a 927 score, 63 shots over par, led by a trio of players who finished in the top three spots.
Lindsay Aho shot 79-71-76—226, 10 shots over par, and was the medalist while teammates Kim Lindow and Sara Taylor tied for second place at 232.