Dunovant second for Warrior women in NWAACC golf tourney

WWCC's Dona Dunovant finishes two strokes behind the tournament winner, Spokane's Alexa Bell.

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PORTLAND - Walla Walla Community College's Dona Dunovant battled Spokane's Alexa Bell through the final round of an NWAACC neutral site golf tournament at Heron Lakes' Great Blue course Monday, with Bell taking the two-stroke victory.

"Those pesky triple bogeys kept her from finishing on top," Warrior coach Mike Rostollan said.

Dunovant finished 80-87-167, just off Bell's 83-82-165.

The final round was played through hail and rain storms.

"Balls were disappearing into the ground," Rostollan said. "Five strokes difference for the men (in the team standings) is not much at all."

On the men's side, Andrew Roller led Spokane to the team win as medalist at 72-73-145.

Spokane won the team competition in a playoff with Bellevue. Both stood at 601 after 36 holes (2987-303-601 for Spokane, 294-307-601 for Bellevue), and Spokane won the playoff.

Walla Walla was third at 299-307-606, followed by Olympic 299-310-609; Columbia Basin 310-303-613; Green River 307-315-622; Skagit Valley 321-308-629; Treasure Valley 323-325-648; Southwestern Oregon 321-334-655; and Grays Harbor incomplete.

Ash Miles led the Warrior men, finishing tied for fourth at 72-77-149.

"He had a chance to win the tournament," Rostollan said.

Warriors Cory Spencer (71-79-250) and Josh Scothorne (77-73-150) tied for eighth, with Mike Ervin (79-79-158) and Eric Wright (83-78-161) turning in counting scores. Sean Pederson also turned in a 79-84-163.

"Our men have the firepower and skill to have a chance to win," Rostollan said. "My four counters have to be on their game, and we have to play pretty well, but we can get on top of them (Spokane and Bellevue)."

On the women's side, WWCC's other golfers were Jordan Simkins at 95-105-200 and Jaime Robison at 98-109-207.

Spokane also won the women's team score at 257-257-514, followed by Bellevue at 277-276-553; WWCC (273-301-574) and Olympic (281-293-574) tied for third; SW Oregon fifth at 307-295-602; CBC 306-327-633; Centralia 316-329-645; Treasure Valley 346-346-692; and Grays Harbor and Skagit Valley fielded incomplete teams.

The Warriors head to Spokane for the Bigfoot Invitational at Coeur d'Alene Municipal and Liberty Lakes in two weeks.

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