WALLA WALLA - Consistency was Drew McCullough's strong suit Friday as he captured the Banner Bank Junior Invitational boys 15-17 age division golf championship at the Walla Walla Country Club.
The Richland youngster, who trailed by a shot after shooting a 1-over-par 75 during Thursday's opening round of play, followed up with a 3-over 75 on Friday and ruled the division by three strokes.
Zack Spencer of Mead, Wash., who finished alone in second place at 151, also shot 75 during Friday's play. But he began the day four shots off the pace after posting a 4-over-par 76 on Thursday.
Thursday's co-leaders, Ryan Baumgart of Walla Walla and Ryan Newcomb of Nine Mile Falls, Wash., struggled mightily during Friday's second and final round. After they each matched par-72 on Thursday, they registered identical scores of 80 on Friday and were among four players tied for third place at 152.
A pair of Lewiston golfers were the others in the third-place mix. Ben Gleason opened with a 78 and followed up with a 74 for his 152 total while Connor Hogan posted back-to-back 76s.
Walla Walla's Dean Atkinson finished in 16th place in the field of 27, shooting a pair of 79s for a 158 count that was 10 strokes off the winning pace. Another Walla Walla player, Nick Atwood, tied for the 20th spot as he followed up a first-round 78 with a second-day 87 for a 165 total.
In the boys 12-14 division, first-round leader Travis Kay of Ellensburg scorched the country club course for a 3-under-par 69 that was good for a 36-hole score of 143 and an eight-stroke victory. Kay's first-round 74 was two shots better than Joseph Baldeck of Clarkston, who finished second after a 76-75-151 effort.
Walla Walla's Scott Kimball shot 80 for the second straight day and finished alone in third place at 160 in a field of 11.
Nathan Towner of Walla Walla also fired an 80 Friday, 12 strokes better than his first-round 92, and he tied for sixth place at 172. And Riley Chester of Milton-Freewater scored 97 Friday for a 188 total and a 10th-place finish.
The boys 12-14 age division played the course at 5,682 yards compared to the 15-17 boys' yardage of 6,476.
In a hotly contested girls 15-17 division, Taylor Kain-Godoy of Richland edged Kaceelyn Pouttu of Kellogg, Idaho, by two shots for the championship. The two girls were deadlocked at 3-over-par 75 after the first round, but Kain-Godoy was able to improve by one shot Friday for a 149 total while Pouttu shot 76 to finish at 151.
Walla Walla's Jessica Huntsman remained in third place through the 36-hole tourney. Huntsman opened with a 77 and closed with a 79 for a 156 tally.
Kendall Dunovant of Walla Walla shot 102 Friday, a three-stroke improvement over Thursday's round, and finished 15th at 207.
Finally, in the six-girl 12-14 age group, Walla Walla's Emily Baumgart defended her 2011 Banner Bank title. Baumgart shot 83 Friday after a first-round 82 for a 165 score and a three-shot victory.
Kelly Hooper of Spokane carded an 81 Friday, the best round of the day and the tournament in her division. But a first-round 87 left her at 168 overall.
Both girls divisions played the course at 5,367 yards.
Banner Bank Junior Invitational
At Walla Walla Country Club
Boys 15-17 Division
Drew McCullough, Richland 73-75-148
Zack Spencer, Mead, Wash. 76-75-151
Ben Gleason, Lewiston 78-74-152
Connor Hogan, Lewiston 76-76-152
Ryan Newcomb, Nine Mile Falls, Wash. 72-80-152
Ryan Baumgartl, Walal Walla 72-80-152
Andrew Raab, Yakima 77-76-153
Blake Ellingsen, Spokane 75-78-153
Andrew Dodge, Lewiston 75-78-153
Matthew Heckel, Spokane 77-78-155
Kyle Kaufman, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 77-78-155
Austin Billeter, Mead, Wash. 77-78-155
Eric Dahl, Richland 75-80-155
Michael Brutocao, Spokane 75-81-156
Austin Backes, Yakima 81-75-156
Dean Atkinson, Walla Walla 79-79-158
Bryan Heer, Ephrata, Wash. 80-79-159
Josh Garza, West Richland 80-80-160
Brenden Cox, Moses Lake 81-80-161
Jon Wilson, Kennewick 82-80-162
Nick Atwood, Walla Walla 78-87-165
Nick Rheingans, Liberty Lake 87-78-165
Hunter Ashby, Richland 83-85-168
Andrew Hattori, Richland 86-87-173
Cody Culletto, Clarkston 87-86-173
Nick Sutherland, Moses Lake 89-85-174
Austin Brown, Kennewick 95-82-177
Quinton Parnell, Richland 92-WD-WD
Boys 12-14 Division
Travis Kay, Ellensburg 74-69-143
Joseph Baldeck, Clarkston 76-75-151
Scott Kimball, Walla Walla 80-80-160
Matthew Baldeck, Clarkston 81-84-165
Griffin Parsons, Wenatchee 87-84-171
Nathan Towner, Walla Walla 92-80-172
Jonathan Imperial, Wapato, Wash. 90-82-172
Ryan Ray, Richland 85-88-173
Braydon Hogg, Richland 86-87-173
Riley Chester, Milton-Freewater 91-97-188
Adam Rabb, Yakima 101-90-191
Girls 15-17 Division
Taylor Kain-Godoy, Richland 75-74-149
Kaceelyn Pouttu, Kellogg, Idaho 75-76-151
Jessica Huntsman, Walla Walla 77-79-156
Kristen Hansen, Spokane 80-79-159
Nicole Berg, Spokane 81-80-161
Kelsey Aiello, Pasco 82-80-162
Neydeen Martinez, Pasco 80-82-162
Catherine Warner, Kennewick 85-84-169
Katie Stephens, Richland 84-89-173
Michal Schuster, St. John, Wash. 89-85-174
Lacy Skwarek, Richland 88-94-182
Kendall Sage, Ephrata, Wash. 93-90-183
Mikayla Morse, Spokane 91-95-186
Kassidy Krug, Liberty Lake, Wash. 97-93-190
Kendall Dunovant, Walla Walla 105-102-207
Girls 12-14 Division
Emily Baumgart, Walla Walla 82-83-165
Kelly Hooper, Spokane 87-81-168
Jaylayne Martinez, Pasco 90-83-173
Megen Billeter, Mead, Wash. 86-95-181
Cailin Spencer, Mead, Wash. 86-96-182
Grace Frazier, Clarkston 90-96-186