WALLA WALLA - Experience held off the charge of youth in first-round play at the All-City golf championship Saturday at Vet's Memorial.
Fifty-something Bill Herron fired a three-under par 69 to take a one-shot lead over defending champion and 2010 Wa-Hi graduate Drew Reinland. Reinland shot 70.
Herron opened on the front side with a one-under 35, and with only a bogey on 10 and birdies on 12, 16 and 17, came home in 34 to carve out his 69.
Herron returns to his home course, the Walla Walla Country Club, today to see if he can hold off the charge of the next generation.
Rob Broadhead (Wa-Hi class of 2007), 2008 champion and three shots back after an even par 72 Saturday, gives Herron his vote of confidence.
"Bill is a solid player," Broadhead said. "He's one of the most solid ball strikers around here. It would be nice to see him win, but I think I can go out there and shoot a good number. I'll be in contention."
Reinland was three under at the turn, but suffered a double bogey on 14, and settled for a two-under 70.
"I hit some decent shots and made a couple of putts on the front," Reinland said. "I had an atrocious last five holes (three over par). I hit it out (of bounce) on my second on 14 to take double. If I have a day (Sunday) like I did today (except for 14), I should be all right."
Another of the youth movement, 19-year-old Greg Prins is lurking two shots off the pace as he carded a 71 Saturday.
"I started off spraying the ball a lot," Prins said. "I was hitting it solid, just not straight. I was scrapping, then on the back nine, I started hitting in straighter. My putting saved me."
Dave Garcia shot a 72 to post the low gross in Flight 1, but is only three shots off the championship lead. Garcia, Broadhead, Sean Taylor and Jeff Neher are jammed at 72.
Another of the experienced group, Barry Wofford, came in with a 73 to remain in the hunt.
"I was really frustrated early," Wofford said. "I bogeyed five, six and seven. I hung in there and got it to one over par. (Today) I have to play really good and those other guys have to be off a little bit, but there is no pressure on me. I'm just going to go out and try to hit the ball well."
The last foursome of the championship flight - Herron, Reinland, Prins, and Broadhead - tee off at 11:40 a.m. at the Country Club to decide the 2010 city champion.
On the women's side, three-time and defending champion Donna Dunovant shot a one-over 73 to take a commanding lead over Joan Schille and Sue Chestnut, who both came home in 82.
Dunovant, who has won three of the last four tourneys - she missed one due to injury - carved a solid round except the pesky 14.
"Pretty study," Dunovant said of her round. "One blip - I had a double bogey on 14. That's a tough hole. I haven't picked up a club in three weeks, so I had no expectations, but hopefully, I can go home (Country Club) and finish it off."
In Flight 1, Garcia's 72 led the gross with David Hickey, Ryan Lemm and Bill Morris tied at 78. In net play, Garcia's 69 led Lemm, John Klitzke and Joe Bowles who all finished with a net of 70.
In Flight 2, Jim Beard and Richard Backlund fired rounds of 83 to hold a one-stroke lead over Terry Smestead. Brandon Hatch's net of 61 produced a five-shot lead over Onie Bloomberg in net play.
The first golfers open second-round play at the country club this morning at 8 a.m.
Bill Herron 35-34-69
Drew Reinland 33-37-70
Greg Prins 36-35-71
Rob Broadhead 38-34-72
Sean Taylor 38-34-72
Jeff Neher 35-37-72
Barry Wofford 37-36-73
Jeff Reinland 37-37-74
Howard Crosby 38-36-74
Chris Long 37-37-74
Vince Jimenez 37-37-74
Richard Taylor 36-38-74
Shane Smith 38-37-75
Devin Kaylor 38-37-75
Eric Kimball 39-36-75
Bill Fleenor 38-37-75
Gregg Corn 40-36-76
Ed Barragar 38-38-76
Greg Frandsen 37-39-76
Ryan Goude 39-39-78
Dan Kaylor 39-40-79
Jim Michelson 39-40-79
Jacob Barnhardt 39-40-79
Skip Molitor 40-41-81
Ronnie Smith 40-42-82
Tom Baffney 40-42-82
Women's Championship - Low Gross: 1, Dona Dunovant, 73; 2, Joan E. Schille, 82; 2, Sue Chestnut, 82. Low Net: 1, Dunovant, 69; 2, Kathy Mauer, 70; 3, Judy Johnson, 71, 3, Bernice Brewer, 71.
Flight I - Low Gross: 1, Dave Garcia, 72; 2, David Hickey, 78; 2, Bill Morris, 78, 2, Ryan Lemm, 78. Low Net: 1, Garcia, 65; 2, Lemm, 70: 2, John Klitzke, 70; 2, Joe Bowles, 70.
Flight 2 - Low Gross: 1, Jim Beard, 83; 1, Richard Backlund, 83; 3, Terry Smestead, 84. Low Net: 1, Brandon Hatch, 61; 2, Onie Bloomberg, 66; 3, Dave Johnson, 69; 3, Beard, 69; 3, Backlund 69.