Neher's 68 paces WWCC men in Wenatchee

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WENATCHEE -- Walla Walla's Jeff Neher birdied the final three holes here Sunday at the Highlander Golf Club and held a share of the lead going into today's second and final round of the season's first NWAACC men's golf counter.

Neher finished with a 4-under-par 68 on the par-72 layout and was tied with Kevin Shewfelt of Belleuve and Phil Reedy of Skagit Valley atop the individual leader board.

Another Warriors player, Danniel Morgan, finished at two-under 70 and was two shots off the pace and in a three-way tie for fifth place after Sunday's opening round. There were two others tied at one-under 71 and three who managed even-par 72.

Spokane held the team lead with a 283 tally, five shots better than par for its top four players, and was three shots ahead of second-place Skagit Valley's 286 score. Bellevue was another shot back at 287, followed by Walla Walla 292, Columbia Basin 303, Olympic 308, Southwest Oregon 310, Treasure Valley 319 and Grays Harbor 344.

On the women's side, Green River had the lead at 245 for its best three scores. Spokane finished 252, Skagit Valley 256, Walla Walla 269, Belleuve 271, Olympic 284, Southwest Oregon 291, Treasure Valley 300, Centralia 338 and Columbia Basin 345.

Katya Case of Bellevue was the women's leader with a 77. Dona Dunovant topped WWCC's scorecard with an 84, seven shots in back of the leader.

Mike Noreen and Cory Spencer matched 77s for Walla Walla's other two counting men's scores. Max Levitch shot a non-counting 78 and Marcus Kilthau came in with an 82.

Neher shot an up-and-down round as he got to two-under par early, dropped back to even par and then finished strong for his four-under 68.

"It was good to see Jeff finally make a few putts," WWCC coach Mike Rostollan said. "He is such a good ball striker. If he continues to hit the ball like he can and putts well, I can see him going into the 60s, under par, on a regular basis. He's that good a player."

Morgan chipped in for an eagle on the final hole for his two-under 70 after playing "right around par the entire day," Rostollan said. Noreen had it under par early and then collapsed, the coach said.

"He had a couple of wrecks, made some sorry bogeys," Rostollan said of Noreen's round. "He could shoot 10 better today."

Walla Walla's other women's scores were Kati Lucas at 88, Jordan Simkins with a 97 and Jamie Robison at 118.

"Our women are in fourth place in a 10-team field," Rostollan said. "That's not a bad score for them."

The tournament concluded today under what Rostollan predicted to be cloudy, cool buy dry conditions.

"The course was very playable Sunday," Rostollan said.

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