WALLA WALLA - Gusty winds made for higher scores during the first round of Walla Walla Community College's Fall Fury golf tournament at Wine Valley Golf Course Monday.
"The conditions were just the toughest for the players, and the scores for all the teams show that," WWCC coach Mike Rostollan said. "There were steady winds of 25-30 mph, with higher gusts. It was severe weather. Balls occasionally rolled off the greens."
Play wasn't suspended by the conditions, but "we thought it might have to be," Rostollan said.
The Warrior men didn't fare well in the wind. Max Levitch's 81 was good for 18th place to pace WWCC.
But WWCC's Dona Dunovant had a healthy lead into today's final round in the women's field, leading by eight shots with a 73.
"She just played great," Rostollan said. "She's terrific. I can't believe the score she put up under the conditions."
Skagit Valley's Jeff Neeley led the men's field with a 1-over-par 73.
Other counting scores for WWCC included Cory Spencer and Eric Wright, tied at 19th at 82. Dakota Hull and Brady Fay both shot 88s, with one of those scores counting, Rostollan said.
Other non-counting scores for WWCC were Ryan Hodl's 83, Sean Pederson's 84 and Michael Ervin's 91.
"My guys haven't practiced or played in these conditions," Rostollan said.
In the women's field, Columbia Basin's Gina Ojeda trailed Dunovant with an 81.
The Warriors' Jamie Robison shot a 108.
Spokane leads the men's teams with 310, followed by Olympic at 317, Skagit Valley and North Idaho at 319, Southwestern Oregon 332, WWCC at 333, Bellevue and Treasure Valley 335, CBC 348 and Central Washington 369.
Columbia Basin's women led at 266, with Olympic and North Idaho at 271, Bellevue 278 and Southwestern Oregon 298.
Columbia Basin may not field a complete women's team for today's final round due to classes, Rostollan said.
"Today should be a little more of same (weather)," Rostollan said. "Hopefully the wind will die down just a little bit. My guys know they need to move up a couple notches."