BANDON, Ore. - Walla Walla Community College's men's golfers are in fourth and its women are in seventh after the first round of the Southwestern Oregon Invitational at Bandon Dunes golf resort Sunday.
The weather at the coastal courses was conducive to a good day, said WWCC head golf coach Mike Rostollan. "It was a fantastic day," he said. "It was one of the best we've had in many years as far as weather. It can be miserable down here, but the sun shone and the ocean breezes helped define the course, as opposed to making it even more difficult to play. It's great that the men and women both got to play under those conditions."
Josh Scothorne is tied for third place at 72 for the WWCC men, who played the Old McDonald course. Cory Spencer and Eric Wright carded 76s, Ash Miles had a 79, Drew Morgan hit an 80 and Mike Ervin had an 85 for a team score of 303.
Rostollan was pleased with Scothorne's 72.
"He was excellent," Rostollan said. "He hit a 32 on the last eight to get into contention, and he has a real shot today."
There is a three-way tie for first, with Belleveue's Kasey Chang and Price Coshow and Spokane's Alex Pounds all hitting 71s on the par-71 course.
Bellevue leads the men with 293; then Fraser Valley (British Columbia) at 296, Spokane at 297, WWCC's 303, Green River 308, Skagit Valley 312, Columbia Basin 317, Southwestern Oregon 322, Treasure Valley 324, Gray's Harbor 334 and Central Washington University's 341.
Dona Dunovant led the Warrior women to a 304 and seventh-place finish after day one. Dunovant carded an 89 to tie for fourth place on the par-71 Pacific Dunes course.
Jamie Robison hit a 105 and Jodran Simkins had a 110 for the Warriors.
Women's leader Dunovant struggled.
"She had a couple of bad holes and no birdies," Rostollan said.
Spokane's Kelsey Berg leads the women with an 82, and Skagit Valley golfer Crystal McDaniels has an 87.
Spokane leads the women with a 262, then Bellevue and Skagit are tied for second at 277 Olympic has a 289, Southwestern Oregon 300, Columbia Basin 302, WWCC's 304, Centralia's 331 and Treasure Valley's 2350.
The women played Old McDonald and the men headed to Bandon Trails today.
"We hope to make up some ground today," Rostollan said.