Warrior golfers weather Green River Invite


AUBURN, Wash. — Walla Walla Community College golfers dried off a bit after Sunday’s torrential downpour to finish off the Green River Invitational at Washington National Golf Course Monday.

The Warrior men came in seventh, following Sunday’s 307 with a 309 Monday for a 616 team total.

The WWCC women shot 282-265—547 to finish fourth.

Spokane won the men’s team event at 588, followed by Southwest Oregon at 593, Bellevue 601, Green River and Skagit Valley tying for fourth at 606, Olympic 611, WWCC 616, Grays Harbor 649 and Columbia Basin 650.

Host Green River’s Broc Johnson shot back-to-back 71s to medal at 142.

For the Warriors, Cole Sajonia cut nine strokes off his first-round 79 with a 70 on Monday to card a team-best 149.

Grant Geelan finished 73-82—155, Sage Ceniga 75-82—157 and Mike Ciez 82-78—180 to round out scoring.

Non-counting for WWCC were Andrew Grove at 80-81—161, and Jon Wilson at 82-80—162.

On the women’s side, Bellevue’s Suchada Anusuriya medaled at 79-77—156.

For the Warriors, Kelsey Sage followed Sunday’s 89 with an 82 on Monday to lead WWCC at 171.

Kelsy Bigness finished 96-90—186, Stephanie Bullock was 98-93—191 and Autumn Snyder 97-101—198.

Shay Jones turned in a non-counting 108-95—203.

Bellevue won the women’s team score at 515, taking a playoff with over Green River on the first hole.

Columbia Basin was third at 520, WWCC was next at 547 and Spokane rounded out the women’s team scoring at 557.

“The golf course played 350 yards longer because they moved the tees back for the final round,” Warrior coach Mike Rostollan said. “The course played especially long at 6,772 since there was no carry and the air was cool and thick.

“Cole (Sajonia) had the low round of the field for the tournament and managed a 12th-place finish, whereas Kelsey (Sage) had her best tournament ever to finish third.”

The Warriors next head to The Bigfoot Invitational at Spokane’s Hangman Valley and Indian Canyon courses April 21-22.

“This team has plenty of potential, but are up against tough competitors in the league, and potential alone won’t get it done,” Rostollan said. “We start to work today getting ready for our next event.”


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