OCEAN SHORES, Wash. - Walla Walla Community College won the Ocean Shores NWAACC Golf Tournament after severe winds and soggy conditions caused officials to call Monday's golfing after only six holes.
Due to the nature of a shotgun-start, with golfers starting at different wholes simultaneously, the scores from Monday were not tallied and the scores from Sunday's round are final.
True freshman Daryl Spivey led the Warriors and tied for the lead with a 1-over-par 72. Thanks to the weather there was not enough time for a play-off to decide a tournament winner and Spivey co-medaled with Patrick Nugent of Grays Harbor and Sam Johnson of Spokane.
"The weather was so bad that they postponed it for about an hour, there was standing water and they forecasted 50 to 55 mph gusts," WWCC coach Mike Rostollan said. "It was so bad they were mowing the water, not the green.
"We got them (the golfers) out to their wholes and it just got worse," Rostollan said. "We tried to get a play-off in, but there was no time."
WWCC won the event with a score of 304, just barely beating out Columbia Basin, which scored 306. A total of nine strokes separated the top four finishers with Spokane (308), Bellevue (311) and Green River (314) rounding out the top finishers.
"We're happy to get away with a win," Rostollan said. "To be able to get into the winter with a win, that's a good confidence builder."
Rounding out the top five finishers were Sean Prue of CBC, who just missed the medaling with a 73, and Colten Kleis of Bellevue and Gabe Porter of Columbia Basin, both tied for fifth with scores of 74.
Warriors Josh Scothorne carried a score of 77 and finished 11th out of the field of 45. Scothorne was followed closely by Ash Miles and Sage Ceniga who both scored 78 to tie for 12th.
Katya Case of Bellevue won the women's event with 2-over-par 74, beating out Halie Caylor of Southwest Oregon by six strokes. The top finishers for WWCC were Kelsey Sage with a 98 (19th place), Autumn Snyder 106 (25th) and Larissa Mercado came in 29th with a 118. There were 33 competitors in the women's field.
Bellevue finished the first day with a two-stroke lead at 249 over Spokane's 251 and due to the weather that lead stood. Walla Walla just beat out Centralia with a 322 and finished in seventh place.
The Warriors will next take the greens when they compete at the Riverside Golf Tournament in Centralia, October 9th and 10th.
"The whole peninsula was socked in," Rostollan said. "It made me happy to live on the East Side."