WALLA WALLA — While the three frontrunners couldn’t duplicate their first-round performances, Spokane’s Blake Ellingsen came from five shots off the pace to win the Banner Bank Junior Invitational golf tournament Friday afternoon at the Walla
Walla Country Club.
Ellingsen fired a 2-under-par 70, the best round of the day on the 6,476-yard
track, and then used a birdie on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff to defeat Andrew Raab of Yakima and claim the tournament’s 15-17 boys age division title.
Ellingsen began the day five shots behind Hunter Ashby of Richland, who posted a first-round 3-under-par 69, and three strokes in back of Raab and Drew McCullough of Richland, who matched 1-under 71s on Thursday to share second place.
But while Ellingsen was improving by four shots and clipping two strokes off of par, the trio of Raab, McCullough and especially Ashby were moving in the other direction.
Raab followed up his first-day 71 with a 1-over-par 73 Friday to complete 36 holes in even-par 144. McCullough’s second-round 76 left him at 147, three shots behind Ellingsen and Raab at the conclusion of regulation play. And Hunter ballooned from his first-round 69 to an 8-over-par 80 on Friday and wound up alone in fourth place, five shots off the pace.
Andrew Kain of Milton-Freewater led the local contingent in the 15-17 boys group with a 158 total that gave him a share of 11th place. Kain shot 83 on Friday after posting a first-round 75 that had him tied for seventh place and six shots off the lead.
Walla Walla’s Jared Konen shot 83 Friday for a 161 total for 36 holes and tied for 18th position in an original field of 35. Nathan Towner of Walla Walla shot a second-day 87 and finished 29th at 170 for 36 holes, and Scott Kimball of Walla Walla was right behind him in 30th place after a second-round 86 left him at 173 for the tournament.
Lucas Lyons of Walla Walla withdrew after a first-round 81.
Meanwhile, in the girls 15-17 division, first-round leader Emily Baumgart of Walla Walla ran out of steam on the back nine and yielded the top spot to Sammi Jo Spring of Lewiston.
Spring carded a second-round 77 on the 5,367-yard par-72 course which, coupled with her first-round 78, gave her a 155 total and a three-stroke victory over Baumgart, who followed up a first-round 77 with an 81 Friday to finish at 158.
Baumgart was 3-over-par 38 at the turn, but a bloody nose and a two-stroke out-of-bounds penalty resulted in an 8-over-par 43 over her final nine holes. Baumgart finished second, two shots in front of Eastern Washington rival Jalayne Martinez of Pasco, who shot 82 Friday after a first-round 78 for a 160 score.
Walla Walla’s Jessica Huntsman improved by six shots over her first-round score with an 80 Friday for a 166 final score that moved her up one notch from seventh place to sixth in the field of 16.
Kendall Dunovant of Walla Walla and Marissa Jimenez of College Place filled out the final two spots in the standings at 198 and 209, respectively. They each shot 100 on Friday, two shots higher for Dunovant and a nine-shot improvement for Jimenez.
Travis Kay of Ellensburg shot a 2-under-par 70, the best score of the tournament in the boys 12-14 age division, and came from three shots back to claim the title. Friday’s score was a four-shot improvement over Thursday’s 2-over-par 74 and left Kay at even-par 144 and one shot in front of Spokane’s Ryan Maine.
Maine was the first-day leader after posting a 71, but the best he could manage Friday was a 2-pver-par 74.
Walla Walla’s Shea Kimball finished 14th in the field of 16 and Matthew Baumgart of Walla Walla was one spot back in 15th place. Kimball finished 86-87—173 and Baumgart was 86-94—180.
Pendleton’s Haley Greb and Yakima’s Cassie Kim were dedlocked at 84 atop the girls 12-14 age division after Thursday’s play. Greb followed up with a 77 Thursday to win the division at 161 while Kim shot 87 and finished a distant second at 171.
There were no local players in the girls 12-14 division.
One other tournament note: Holden Backes of Yakima, who finished third in the boys 12-14 division, scored a hole-in-one Friday on the par-3 No. 17 hole, which played at 160 yards. Backes’ tee shot went into the cup on the fly and helped him to a round of even-par 72 and a 150 score for 36 holes, six shots off the winning pace.
Banner Bank Junior Invitational
At Walla Walla Country Club
Boys 15-17 Division
144 — Blake Ellingsen, Spokane; Andrew Rabb, Yakima (Ellingsen won on third hole of sudden-death playoff).
147 — Drew McCullough, Richland.
149 — Hunter Ashby, Richland.
151 — Matthew Heckel, Spokane; Aaron Seabrook, East Wenatchee.
153 — Eric Dahl, Richland.
156 — Cody Culetto, Clarkston; Ryan Anderosn, Spokane; Ezra Arneson, Richland.
158 — Andrew Kain, Milton-Freewater; Michael Stansberry, Liberty Lake, Wash.
159 — Nate Yockey, Spokane; Andrew Hattori, Richland; Pierce McDonald, Pasco.
160 — Ben Gleason, Lewiston; Taylor Gant, Richland.
161 — Jared Konen, Walla Walla; Ryan Ray, Richland.
163 — Griffin Parsons, East Wenatchee; Keegan Crafton, Hermiston; Paden LaCoursiere, Hermiston.
164 — Nicholas Dixon, Spokane.
166 — Zac Adams, Hermiston; Nicholas Baker, Spokane; Evan Hattori, Richland.
168 — Shae Gurney, Kennewick; Phillip Flexer, Spokane.
170 — Nathan Towner, Walla Walla.
173 — Scott Kimball, Walla Walla.
174 — Joe Dix, Spokane; Andrew Knight, Rathdrum, Idaho; Zak Courson, Spokane.
180 — Ethan Wood, Colbert, Wash.
Withdrew — Lucas Lyons, Walla Walla.
Girls 15-17 Division
155 — Sammi Jo Spring, Lewiston.
158 — Emily Baumgart, Walla Walla.
160 — Jalayne Martinez, Pasco.
162 — Kendall Sage, Ephrata, Wash.
164 — Shelbty Greb, Pendleton.
166 — Jessica Huntsman, Walla Walla.
167 — Kelly Hooper, Spokane.
171 — Kassidy Krug, Liberty Lake, Wash.
173 — Katie Ochoa, Spokane.
183 — Kea Robertson, Richland.
187 — Madison Welch, Hermiston; Brittany Gough, Kennewick.
188 — Cailin Spencer, Mead, Wash.
190 — Hailey Warren, Colbert, Wash.
198 — Kendall Dunovant, Walla Walla.
209 — Marissa Jimenez, College Place.
Boys 12-14 Division
144 — Travis kay, Ellensburg, Wash.
145 — Ryan Maine, Spokane.
150 — Holden Backes, Yakima.
153 — Bolton Dauenhauer, Kennewick.
156 — Dylan Knight, Rathdrum, Idaho.
158 — Brayden Pulver, Pendleton.
159 — Gunnar Knutson, Mead, Wash.
161 — Jack Reeves, Sandpoint, Idaho.
165 — Dylan Apodaca, Selah, Wash; Braydon Hogg, Richland.
166 — Matthew Baldeck, Clarkston; Nick Yamauchi, Richland.
171 — Landon Spencer, Mead, Wash.
173 — Shea Kimball, Walla Walla.
180 — Matthew Baumgart, Walla Walla.
182 — Adam Raab, Yakima.
Girls 12-14 Division
161 — Haley Greb, Pendleton.
171 — Cassie Kim, Yakima.
185 — Macy Robertson, Richland.
187 — Samantha Hui, Kennewick.
208 — Maylie Martinez, Pasco.