WWCC carries 11-shot lead into day 2 of NWAACC tourney

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WALLA WALLA - Freshman Daryl Spivey carved out a 1-under-par 71 Sunday at the Wine Valley Golf Course as Walla Walla Community College took advantage of pleasant weather conditions to post an even-par team total of 288 and fashion an 11-shot lead at halfway through the spring's first NWAACC all-comers golf tournament.

Spivey was the only player in a field of 51 men to crack par. But two of his teammates, Ash Miles and Sage Seniga, matched par-72 and a third, Cole Sajonia, came in at 1-over 73 for the Warriors' fourth and final counting score.

Matt Rezendes of Columbia Basin and Broc Johnson of Green River also shot 72 and were in a four-player logjam for second place, just a stroke off the pace. Andrew Roller of Spokane shot 73 and was tied with Sajonia, two strokes back and in sixth place.

Spokane was in second place in the team scoring with a 299 total. Green River was in third place with a 306 score, followed by Olympic 314, Columbia Basin 314, Southwest Oregon 317, Bellevue 326 and Grays Harbor 334.

Mike Ciez, WWCC's fifth varsity player, shot a non-counting 75 but made the shot of the day, according to Warriors coach Mike Rostollan.

"Mike had just made an eight on No. 9," Rostollan said. "Then, on his third shot on the par-5 10th hole, he flew it into the cup from about 125 yards out for an eagle.

"Everybody else just played solid all day," Rostollan added. "Spivey got to 2-under early and played 2-under most of the day before giving one back late in the round. Ash and Sage played pretty well all the way around, and they both birdied the last hole to shoot even par."

The Wine Valley course was playing as comfortably as his players have seen it all spring, Rostollan said.

"It was the most receptive we've seen it all year," Rostollan said. "We've been practicing there all spring and it's been windy and cold and raining.

"Yesterday the greens were faster but in perfect shape. The guys from the west side couldn't believe how firm and fast they were compared to what they have been playing on."

It might be a different story today during the second and final round of the tournament. Players were greeted this morning by an early downpour and rain was forecast throughout the day.

"I suspect the scores will go up today," Rostollan said. "They changed the hole locations but the yardage will be the same. The weather will probably add a stroke a side to everybody's score."

In Sunday's women's play, Bellevue's top three scores paced the field at 259. Green River shot 261, Spokane 267, Walla Walla 279, Southwest Oregon 285, Grays Harbor 308 and Centralia 335.

Columbia Basin entered an incomplete team, but the Hawks' Gina Ojeda shot 81 to pace a field of 31 women. Brittany Thurber of Green River was a shot back with an 82.

Kelsey Sage led Walla Walla with an 85 and was alone in fifth place, Autumn Snydeer's 94 and Lindsay Johnson's 100 rounded out the Warriors' team effort.

"Kelsey's 85 is her best competitive round of golf," Rostollan said of his freshman from Othello. "She was pretty happy about that."

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