WWCC men’s golf team takes sixth at W-P Invite

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PORTLAND — Walla Walla Community College men’s golfer Eli Mendez finished the Warner Pacific Invitational on the East Course of Glendoveer Golf Course here Tuesday with a 76 to finish in a tie for eighth place.

The round, played after Monday’s 36-hole day of play, finished off the 5-count-4 team scoring tournament which was topped by Concordia and Northwest Christian, which both finished at 903.

The Warriors were sixth in 928.

Mendez finished the tourney at 8-over-par 227, tied with Oregon Technology’s Dalton Durrell.

“Eli (Mendez) played solidly again today to finish tied for eight, struggling at times but finding a way to get the most out of his round,” WWCC coach Mike Rostollan said.

Warriors Ryan O’Mera and Dakota Jenson (golfing as an individual, not counting toward the team score) tied for 16th at 12-over 231. Tammen Porter carded 235, with Grant Geelan a stroke back at 236, Cody Piper and Mason Palmer (individual) at 241, and Zack Caldwell 251 (individual).

“Ryan (O’Mera) had his best tournament for us yet, as a sophomore,” Rostollan said. “And Dakota (Jenson), a freshman from Polson, Mont., scored well, too, as an individual, it would have helped our cause. Their finish at tied 16th against these colleges was a great showing. We were the only two-year college competing.

“The men faded to sixth,” he said. “I have to break them of this ‘one-day wonder’ habit they seem to have adapted, it’s a pattern that can’t continue. We’ll certainly be working on this looking toward next spring.”

On the women’s side, WWCC’s Coral Millet and Shay Jones competed individually, with Millet finishing at 302 and Jones 306.

Concordia’s Sunny Powers and Kelsey Whiles tied for medalist honors at 232.

“Shay and Coral both experienced 36 holes in one day for the first time yesterday, and slogged around today in the elements like champions,” Rostollan said. “It was tough going out there.”

The Warriors face Columbia Basin in a President’s Cup format, with 12-on-12 in a home-and-home tourney, with dates to be determined later this month.

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