CHEHALIS, Wash. - Colten Kleis of Bellevue held the individual lead and Green River found itself 12 strokes up in the team competition here Sunday following the first round of the men's Centralia Invitational NWAACC golf tournament at the par-71 Riverside Golf Course.
Kleis shot a 5-under-par 66 for the men's individual lead. He was one shot in front of Green River's Sean McMullen and four up on another Gator, Broc Johnson, and Walla Walla's Daryl Spivey, who matched 1-under 70s and were tied for third place in the field of 34.
Green River's team total of 285 was 1-over-par for its best four scores after 18 holes of play. It was 12 shots back to Walla Walla and Bellevue, who shared second place at 297.
Southwest Oregon was in third place in the team scoring at 307, followed by Grays Harbor with a 315 count and Olympic at 324.
Walla Walla's other three counting scores belonged to Cole Sajonia, who was alone in eighth place with a 75, and Ash Miles and Josh Scothorne, who matched 76s and were among five players tied for ninth place. Andrew Grove shot a non-counting 77 for the Warriors and was tied for 14th place while Zerin Beattie turned in an 87.
Bellevue's Katya Case shot a first-round 76 and led her team to the top of the women's leader board with a 252 total for the Bulldogs' top three scores. Case was 11 strokes up on Danielle Benson and Madeleine Ottosson, a pair of Green River players who turned in identical scores of 87.
Green River was a distant second in the team standings at 269, followed by Spokane 282, Southwest Oregon 286, Grays Harbor 303, Centralia 309 and Walla Walla 348.
Kelsey Sage led the Warriors with a 105 score, Autumn Snyder shot 106 and Larissa Mercado 137. There were 27 women in the field.
"There was no rain, but it threatened all day," WWCC coach Mike Rostollan said. "We never saw the sky."
Because the course had just been aerated, players exercised the option of preferred lies, Rostollan said.
"The fairways were plugged, and I heard a lot of complaints about the bad bounces," the coach said. "But I heard nothing about when the ball took a good bounce.
"It's a short course, 6,152 yards," Rostollan added. "But it was also soft and played a little longer than it looked."
The second round began with a shotgun start this morning at 9.
"Twelve strokes is a lot to make up," Rostollan said. "But we didn't play as well as we can and some teams may have played better than expected. You never know, we could find ourselves in the thick of it today."