WEST RICHLAND - Walla Walla's Josh Scothorne and Dona Dunovant are the men's and women's individual leaders, respectively, halfway through an NWAACC golf match that is being hosted by Columbia Basin College.
Scothorne, a freshman, matched par-72 here Sunday at Horn Rapids and is in a three-way tie atop the men's standings with Price Coshow of Bellevue and Andrew Roller of Spokane. Dunovant, a sophomore and the defending NWAACC champion, shot a 1-over-par 73 Sunday and took a six-shot lead into today's second round at Canyon Lakes in Kennewick.
In team play, Olympic topped the men's standings with a 301 score for its best four scores. Bellevue was second with a 308 count, followed by Walla Walla 310, Spokane 312, Columbia Basin 315, Green River 318, Southwest Oregon 323, Skagit Valley 323 and Treasure Valley 329. Grays Harbor fielded an incomplete team.
Spokane's top three women combined for a 251 total and an 11-shot lead over Columbia Basin. Walla Walla was in third place with a 263 score, 12 shots off the pace, while Southwest Oregon finished at 273, Olympic 283, Bellevue 287 and Centralia 302.
Neal Bitow of Olympic was alone in fourth place in the battle for the men's medalist, just two shots off the pace at 74. Eric Anderson of Olympic was another shot back after carding a 3-over 75.
Walla Walla's Mike Ervin shot 78, Ash Miles 79 and Drew Morgan 81 for the Warriors' other three counting scores. Max Levitch and Cory Spencer, mainstays from a year ago, shot non-counting scores of 82 and 83, respectively.
"They are our two sophomores and our two captains," WWCC coach Mike Rostollan said. "They are seasoned veterans, but Max and Cory didn't have their best day."
The weather, Rostollan said, was "spotty."
"It wasn't as bad as it could be, but it was not as good, either," he said. "We finished the round in the wind and the rain, and some of the groups behind us finished in the dark, so it kind of evened out."
Jamie Robison shot a career-best 90 for the Warrior women Sunday and Jordan Simkins shot 98. But it was Donovant, who led Spokane's Alexa Bell by six shots, who drew Rostollan's praise.
"She's going to be real tough to catch," Rostollan said. "She was exceptional. She played a lot of golf this winter in Florida, and her spring training has her in fine form. She was hitting the ball very well on the driving range this morning."
There was no rain this morning, Rostollan said, "but it's cold and breezy ... not so bad for over here."