BANDON, Ore. - Walla Walla Community College's men's golf team placed third at the Southwestern Oregon Community College Invitational Monday, beating out fourth-place finisher Green River by one point.
Spokane won the team title with a 617, beating out the University of Fraser Valley (which won the invite the previous two years) which scored 618. Walla Walla carded a 624.
The Warriors were tied for the lead with Spokane after the first round at the Old Macdonald golf course Sunday with a team score of 314, but couldn't hold on to its share of the lead with a 310 on the par-71 Pacific Dunes golf course Monday.
Spokane outpaced the Warriors with a 303 in the second round, and Fraser Valley made a huge comeback from a 323 in the opening day by carding a 295 at Pacific Dunes.
"It looked like we had as a good of shot as anyone to win, we just weren't firing on all cylinders," WWCC coach Mike Rostollan said. "None of my guys were able to get it done. It wasn't from a lack of effort or desire, but we just couldn't get it done."
Darryl Spivey led the WWCC men with a 156, good enough to tie for 10th place out of 66 men golfers.
WWCC's Sage Ceniga scored 77-80 157 to tie for 12th. Andrew Grove scored 79-79 158 for 15th; Mike Cize 78-71 159 for 19th; Ash Miles 74-85 159 for 19th; and Cole Sajonia 82-80 162 for 26th.
Green River's Broc Johnson won medalist with a 147 after beating Fraser Valley's Mitch Lock in a playoff.
WWCC did not have enough women make the trip to field a women's team.
Bellevue won the woman's side with a 502, with Bellevue's Katya Case taking medalist with a 152.
Kelsey Sage tied for sixth and led the Warriors with an 87-85 172.
"That was her very best finish this season," Rostollan said. "That's a terrific tournament for her. It was a great showing for Kelsey for the Warriors."
Lindsay Johnson was the only other Warrior woman to make the trip. She tied for 27th with a 98-104 202.
The Warriors take part in the NWAACC Championships at Gold Mountain and McCormick Woods golf courses in Bremerton, Wash., Sunday and Monday.