MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — Olympic and Spokane golfers gobbled up the top spots here Sunday during the first round of the Cardinal Classic men’s golf tournament at the Avalon Golf Club.
The Rangers’ Joey Barnes fired a 4-under-par 68 to pace the field of 51 and lead his team to the top of the leader board as well with a 296 team total.
Barnes held a three-stroke lead over Spokane’s Brady Calkins, who shot the day’s only other sub-par round with a 71 that had him alone in second place heading into today’s second and final round of the tournament.
The Sasquatch’s Evan Omelia shot 73 and was alone in third place and Cole Lorenzo of Spokane was in at 75 for a share of fourth place.
Olympic’s Jake Swanger and Keynan Fanslow also scored 75 along with Max Tuckner of Bellevue.
The Bulldogs’ Chad Hall shot 76 and was tied for eighth place with John Duffin of Spokane, eight strokes off the lead.
Spokane was just two shots behind Olympic going into today’s round. The Sasquatch’s 298 total for its top four scores was good for a nine-stroke advantage over third-place Bellevue, which totaled 309.
Host Skagit Valley was in fourth place at 313, followed by Walla Walla 322, a second Skagit Valley team at 326 and Green River 329.
Ian Cowell was Walla Walla’s leading scorer with an 7-over-par 79 that was good for a share of 16th place with five other players. Riley Boone shot 80 and was in a three-way tie for 22nd place, Jordan Holloday finished at 81 and was in a seven-player logjam for 25th place, and Michael Hall shot 82 and tied two others for 32nd place.
Ryan O’Mera shot a non-counting 85 for the Warriors.
“Some of my players who haven’t competed on the road had a chance to prove themselves this week,” WWCC coach Mike Rostollan said. “And while the results were not too bad, they were not too great, either.
“Ian was just plus-three with a handful of holes remaining but faltered some on the way in,” Rostollan said of Cowell, “Riley (Boone), Jordan (Holladay) and Michael (Hall) each had stellar moments, but they were countered by mishaps and lip-outs that hurt their scores.
“They all gained valuable tournament experience today and it may or may not help them tomorrow,” Rostollan concluded. “Golf’s funny that way.”
Sunday’s round was played under gray, soggy skies and cool temperatures. More of the same was in the forecast for today.
In women’s play, Spokane shot a 262 team score for its top three players and held a 24-stroke lead over Olympic, which came in at 286. Bellevue shot 322 for third place.
Olympic’s Leslie Guzman shot a 4-over 76 for the individual lead. Spokane’s Brigid Rypien and Keara Rypien were tied for second place at 87 in the field of 16 women, one stroke in front of teammate Kelcie Gardner and Skavit Valley’s McKenzie Enge, who matched 88s.
Walla Walla did not have any women entered.