Walla Walla Community College’s Eli Mendez gets out of the sand trap during Whitman College’s Easter Invite at Wine Vally Golf Course on Sunday.
Photo by Michael Lopez.
WALLA WALLA — Whitman College junior Scott Martin posted his second consecutive 1-over-par 73 and tied for third place individually in the school’s Easter Invitational
men’s golf tournament that concluded Sunday at the Wine Valley Golf Club.
The 36-hole tournament began Saturday at Veterans Memorial Golf Course.
Tannen Potter of Walla Walla Community College also chalked up back-to-back 73s to share third place with Martin. They finished just two strokes behind Eli Mendez of WWCC and Chris Lien of Lewis-Clark State College, who finished regulation play deadlocked atop the field of 41 at even-par 144.
Lien, who captured medalist honors with a birdie on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff, shot a 1-over 73 at Vets and a 1-under 71 at Wine Valley. Mendez carded consecutive even-par rounds of 72.
Lewis-Clark State also won the team title with a 592 score for its best four individual rounds each day. LCSC, which posted a 298 Sunday after scoring 294 on Saturday, finished three strokes ahead of Whitworth Black, which finished 297-298—595.
WWCC No. 1, led by Mendez, finished a distant third at 604 after improving from 305 at Vets to 295 at Wine Valley. The Walla Wallans were three shots better than Whitworth Red, which took fourth place at 607.
The University of Puget Sound placed fifth at 608. WWCC No. 2, with Potter leading the way, took sixth at 615 and host Whitman was seventh at 619. Lewis & Clark College brought up the rear with a 633 tally.
Whitman’s Andrew Welch, who opened play with a 4-over-par 76 Saturday, could do no better than 82 on Sunday and finished in a three-way tie for 29th place at 158 for 36 holes. Daniel Hoffman posted rounds of 79 and 81 for a 160 score and a tie for 33rd place. And Jonathan Standen carded 80 and 83 for 163 and a share of 35th.
Other members of the WWCC No. 1 team were Bradley Young, who had rounds of 74 and 76 for a 150 tally that was good for a five-way tie for 10th place; Mason Palmer, who shot 79-75—154 and tied for 18th place; Grant Geelan, who tied for 25th place with rounds of 80 and 77 for a 157 score; and Jordan Daline, who improved from a first-round 82 to a second-round 76 and tied for 29th place at 158.
Ryan O’Mera followed Potter on the WWCC No. 2 scorecard with consecutive 77s and a 154 score that was good for a share of 18th place. Michael Hall shot 81-77—158 and tied for 29th place, Ian Cowell went 77-82—159 and was all alone in 32nd place, and Jordan Holladay shot 80 on Sunday, three strokes better than his opening-round 83 at Vets, and shared 35th place at 163.
Oliver Rudnicki of Whitworth Red was the only player other than Line to break par Sunday with a 1-under 71. Coupled with his opening-round 77, he finished at 148 and in a three-way tie for fifth place.
Whitworth Black’s Samson Martinez fired a 1-under 71 Saturday at Vets and was alone in first place heading into Sunday’s play. But he ballooned to 79 at Wine Valley and had to settle for a share of 10th place at 150.