Miles leads Walla Walla Community College golfers at rainy NWAACCs

Ash Miles is tied for first after the first round of the NWAACC Championships near Bremerton.

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PORT ORCHARD, Wash. - Walla Walla Community College's Ash Miles is tied for first as he tries to defend his NWAACC title after the first round of the 2012 NWAACC Championships at McCormick Woods Sunday.

Miles shot a 72, tied with Spokane's Grahm Schmaltz heading into today's final round at Gold Mountain's Olympic course in Bremerton.

"He's got a great shot at defending his title," WWCC coach Mike Rostollan said. "That doesn't happen much in our league. Ash was so steady, solid tee-to-green. He's in a good frame of mind."

Green River's Broc Johnson sits a shot back of the leaders at 73.

Warrior Daryl Spivey is in a tie for fourth at 75 with Spokane's Brandon Koehler and Dylan Maine.

"Daryl is right there," Rostollan said. "I look for him to be right in the thick of it at the end. He's a great competitor."

Also carding counting scores for WWCC were Sage Ceniga and Mike Ciez, who recorded 80s.

The Warriors as a team sit five strokes back of Spokane's 302, within striking distance, Rostollan said.

"We're five back, which we can make up," he said. "Any more than that is hard."

Non-counting scores for WWCC were turned in by Cole Sajonia (89) and Andrew Grove (90).

"It was cold and rainy, it poured all day," Rostollan said. "It was 55 (degrees), but it felt like 45. It was a long day."

Bellevue is third in the team standings at 318, followed by Green River 321, Columbia Basin 326, Southwestern Oregon 328, Olympic 334 and Grays Harbor 352.

"Five strokes back, on the first hole (today) it could swing our way," Rostollan said. "We haven't been able to put two rounds together yet, but maybe today."

On the women's side, Bellevue's Katya Case is the individual leader with 81, followed by Columbia Basin's Gina Ojeda and Southwestern Oregon's Halie Caylor at 82.

Warrior Kelsey Sage turned in a 91 and Autumn Snyder a 104 as WWCC didn't field a complete team.

Bellevue leads the team standings at 255, Spokane was next at 260, followed by SW Oregon 262, Green River 268, Grays Harbor 315, and Centralia 360.

Rostollan expected more rainy weather for today's round at Gold Mountain, but praised the course.

"It's really one of the best courses in Washington," he said. "I just look for the guys to play good golf and not lose the championship. You really hope the kids have their best showing, and even if they don't pull it off it's better to see them beaten fair and square and feel good about it.

"They just have to be tough and dig in," Rostollan said. "There's more rain in the forecast, it looks like it's going to be a deluge and cold."

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