Warriors lead at fall season golf tourney

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OCEAN SHORES, Wash. - Walla Walla slogged and sloshed its way to a 305 team score and a one-stroke lead here Sunday halfway through the first NWAACC tournament of the fall golf season.

But despite the soggy Ocean Shores Golf Course conditions, it was a hotly contested men's field as Columbia Basin was right behind the Warriors with a 306 team tally, followed by Spokane 308, Bellevue 311 and Green River 314. Host Grays Harbor and Southwest Oregon came next, deadlocked for fifth place at 325, with Olympic another 20 shots back at 345.

Walla Walla was led by true freshman Daryl Spivey of Median High School in Boise, who shot a 1-over-par 72 and shared the first-round lead with Patrick Nugent of Grays Harbor and Sam Johnson of Spokane. Sean Prue of CBC was alone in fourth place and just a shot off the pace at 73, with Colten Kleis of Bellevue and Gabe Porter of Columbia Basin tied for fifth place at 74.

The Warriors' Josh Scothorne carded a 77 and was alone in 11th place. Ash Miles and Sage Ceniga matched 78s to share 12th place and account for WWCC's other counting scores.

Andrew Grove and Cole Sajonia turned in 80 scores for WWCC's two non-counters. They were tied for 20th place in the field of 45 men.

Katya Case of Bellevue held a six-shot lead over Halie Caylor of Southwest Oregon in a field of 33 women. Case shot a 2-over-par 74 and Caylor carded an 80.

Kelsey Sage led the Warriors with 98 and was in 19th place. Autumn Snyder was 25th at 106 and Larissa Mercado was 29th at 118.

Bellevue held the women's lead with a 249 count for its top three scores. Spokane was two shots back at 251, followed by Green River 267, Southwest Oregon 275, CBC 297, Grays Harbor 308, Walla Walla 322 and Centralia 324.

"The atmosphere was OK but the course was very wet," Warriors coach Mike Rostollan said of Sunday's playing conditions. "It was very soft and there was a lot of standing water, even though it got fairly nice in the afternoon."

But more rain overnight and into this morning threatened to force tournament officials to cancel today's second round of the 36-hole tourney, Rostollan said.

"It poured overnight, and everything is a little iffy for today," the coach said. "And the wind is starting to pick up.

"We may not get the second round in. And it's not going to be very fun for the players even if we do play."

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