Warriors in hunt at Invite

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WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College’s men’s golf team shot a 3-under par 285 to trail Spokane by seven strokes after the first round of their Fall Invitational at Wine Valley Golf Course Sunday.

Warriors Mike Ciez and Andrew Grove both shot 3-under 69s to trail Spokane’s Cole Lorenzo and Cooper Wright by a stroke in the individual standings.

Also counting in the team standings for WWCC were Ryan O’Mera in eighth with a 73, and one of the scores by Brennon Lancaster and Cole Sajonia, who both shot 74 to sit in a tie for ninth.

Other Warrior scores were Jon Wilson and Seb Moad at 75; Randy Strawn at 77; Bradley Young, Nate Colo and Tannen Potter, all at 78; Sid Durette 79; Grant Geelan and Sage Ceniga at 81; and Sean Anderson at 82.

Spokane leads the men’s field at 278, followed by WWCC 285, Southwestern Oregon 303, and Columbia Basin 334.

“Any time a team can be under par and trailing speaks loudly of the competition,” WWCC coach Mike Rostollan said. “Spokane has both depth and talent at the top... we’ll have to play very well tomorrow to catch them.”

On the women’s side, the Warriors’ Kelsy Bigness finished the first round with an 85, two shots behind Spokane’s Cindy Pitkin.

Walla Walla is one shot behind Spokane in the team standings with a 261, followed by Southwestern Oregon at 269 and Columbia Basin with an incomplete score.

Bigness is joined by Sierra James’ 87 and Kelsey Sage’s 89 to count towards the WWCC team score.

Other Warriors included Stephanie Bullock at 95 and Autumn Snyder at 105.

“Our women are in striking distance for the first time in a long time against Spokane,” Rostollan said. “They dropped a few strokes today that could be the difference in overtaking them in the next round. I look for improvement and a very close finish.”

The tournament concludes with a reverse shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. today.

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