Walla Walla Community College's Dunovant wins SW Oregon golf invitational

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BANDON, Ore. - Walla Walla Community College's Dona Dunovant overcame a one-stroke deficit to win the Southwestern Oregon Invitational by four after the second round at Pacific Dunes Monday.

Dunovant finished 81-78-159 to defeat Green River's Caral Martinson, who was second at 81-82-163.

"Dona, they just love her in this league," Warrior coach Mike Rostollan said. "She's just a personable person, so approachable, it's just great to see. She's been a boon for this league in women's golf. She's loved by everybody out there, and loved by the team. I love her chances a NWAACCs. She's steady and not fazed by anything."

Dunovant helped the WWCC women to a fourth-place team finish. Jordan Simpkins shot 102-102-204, and Jamie Robison 110-117-227, to round out the card.

Spokane won the women's team scores at 512, followed by Green River 513, Skagit Valley 544, WWCC 590, SW Oregon 595, Centralia 619 and Columbia Basin 711.

On the men's side, Spokane's Jason Mulnar won a sudden-death playoff on the first hole against Bellevue's Brycen Finnie. Mulnar shot 71-73-144, and Finnie 75-69-144.

The Warriors' Mike Noreen finished sixth when he shot 74-74-148, Daniel Morgan 74-79-153, Jeff Neher 74-83-157, Max Levitch 78-80-158 and Michael Ervin 84-74-158, and Cory Spencer 80-81-161.

WWCC's Marcus Kilthau had a non-counting 78-73-151, which place him ninth.

Teamwise, Spokane and Fraser Valley both finished at 595, but Spokane won by default when Fraser Valley had to leave the course early. The Warriors were third at 610, Bellevue third at 616, Skagit Valley was next at 623, followed by CBC 634, Olympic 641, SW Oregon 669, Central Oregon 676, Douglas 684, Central Washington 705, and Grays Harbor 725.

"We're looking like we're coming into form pretty well," Rostollan said. "A couple train wrecks out there cost my guys quite a few strokes, but we'll practice real hard in the next week and a half, and you never know. I really feel they have the game to play, and even win, this thing if it goes our way."

The Warriors are off until the NWAACC Championships at the Gold Mountain courses in Bremerton May 23-24.

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