Mendez leads WWCC at WP Invite

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PORTLAND — Eli Mendez fired a two-round score of 151 to lead the Walla Walla Community College golf team at the Warner Pacific Invitational here Monday.

The 36-hole day was played on the par-73 East Course of the Glendoveer Golf Course.

Today’s final round teed off with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.

Mendez’s performance helped the Warriors to sit in fourth-place headed into today’s final round at 613, just four strokes behind third-place Willamette University. Northwest Christian leads at 604.

Mendez carded an opening round 1-over-par 74 and followed that with a 77.

Warriors head coach Michael Rostollan said Mendez could have cut his second round score.

“Eli doubled his second to last hole, the par-3 ninth, or he might have played in the last group tomorrow,” Rostollan said. “Every time I saw him it looked like he burned the edge of the cup. His (score) could be much lower. He’s a fine player. I look for some good golf from him over the next couple of seasons.”

Mendez is tied for eighth place individually to open the final round. He bested teammate Tannen Potter by one stroke, as Potter carded rounds of 75 and 77, respectively, for a total of 152.

Rostollan said Potter birdied his last two holes to supplant himself in 10th place.

Grant Geelan and Ryan O’Mera are tied for 15th, as they both shot 155 to open the tournament.

Cody Piper birdied three of his final five holes to finish with 159, in 28th place.

Northwest Christian’s Tyler Falk leads the field with a 4-under-par 142.

“Nine strokes is a lot to make up tomorrow, but fourth with some hope and promise can maybe move us up a spot or two,” Rostollan said.

Individually, WWCC women’s golfers Coral Millet shot 104-98—202, with Warrior teammate Shay Jones a stroke back.

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