SPOKANE — Grant Geelan’s 2-over-par 74 here Sunday at Hangman Valley kept him in contention for the individual championship and his Walla Walla team within striking distance of first place midway through the Bigfoot Invitational golf tournament hosted by Spokane Community College.
Geelan was tied for third place with Olympic’s Keynan Fanslow. They were just three shots behind frontrunner Evan Omelia of Spokane, who fired a first-round 71, and one in back of the Sasquatch’s Cooper Wright, who was alone in second place with a score of 73.
The host Sasquatch held the team lead with a 301 score going into this morning’s second and final round of play at Indian Canyon. Golfers were an hour late getting on the course after a frost delay.
Fanslow’s Rangers were in second place in the field of eight community college men’s teams with a 309 score, eight strokes off the pace. Walla Walla was alone in third place at 310, just one shot in front of Green River and Southwest Oregon, each squad checking in at 311.
Bellevue shot 320, Columbia Basin 340 and Grays Harbor fielded an incomplete team.
After Geelan, the Warriors’ next score came from Mike Ciez, who carded a 6-over-par 78 and was in a five-player logjam for 14th place. Cole Sajonia, Brennon Lancaster and Tanner Potter matched 79s for the Warriors and Sean Anderson turned in an 87.
“Grant played well to place himself in fourth place after the first round,” Warriors coach Mike Rostollan said. “He has been practicing forwardly the last couple of weeks, so I think he will keep it up today in the second round.
“Spokane will be tough to catch at home,” Rostollan added. “Staying in front of the rest of the field will be a success for this team should they pull it off this afternoon.”
In women’s play Sunday, Grays Harbor’s Madeleine Ottosson shot a 79 and held a four-shot lead over Suchada Anasuriya of Bellevue going into today’s final round of play.
Walla Walla’s Stephanie Bullock carded a 90 and was tied for fifth place with Bellevue’s Kayce Ogishima. Shay Jones shot 92 for the Warriors and was alone in eighth place, Kelsey Sage shot 93 and was in a three-way tie for ninth, Kelsey Bigness carded 95 and was tied for 14th place and Autumn Snyder came in at 113.
Walla Walla’s 310 total was good for second place, one shot behind first-round leader Olympic’s 309 tally and one shot ahead of third-place Green River’s 311 count. Bellevue entered the only other full women’s squad and was in at 320.