MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — The Avalon Golf Course, helped along by what could only be described as nasty weather conditions, showed its teeth here Monday during the second round of the Cardinal Classic golf tournament.
Only 10 players in a field of 51 men posted better scores Monday than they did in Sunday’s opening round of the 36-hole event, and none of them wore Walla Walla Community College black and gold.
Likewise, the front-runners going into Monday’s final round succumbed to the adverse conditions. Olympic’s Joey Barnes, who led the field with a 4-under-par 68 on Sunday, skied to 84 Monday and fell back to fourth place with a 152 score, and his nearest rival, Brady Calkins of Spokane, ballooned from a 1-under 71 to 83 and wound up seventh with a 156 total.
“The atmosphere was sloppy, the course was sloppy and the play was sloppy,” Warriors coach Mike Rostollan lamented. “The last hole alone took 55 minutes to play — three lost balls in the turf and three absorbed by the water hazards. It was just a mess. I don’t know why golf exists over here.”
Jordan Holladay proved to be Walla Walla’s most steady player as he turned in a second consecutive 81 to finish at 162 and tied for 21st place.
“Jordan played consistently both days, with triples and doubles mixed in with his good golf,” Rostollan said of Holladay. “He earned a look for next week’s Southwest Oregon Invitational at Bandon Dunes and showed some wherewithal out there under nasty conditions. His 21st place finish doesn’t fairly describe his tournament.”
Ian Cowell followed up a first-round 79 with an 85 on Monday that gave him a three-way share of 22nd place at 164. Ryan O’Mera carded 87 Monday after opening with an 85 and was in at 172 and in a four-way tie for 39th place. And Michael Hall was WWCC’s fourth counter with a 93 Monday that was 11 strokes more than his first-round 82 as he finished 175 and alone in 44th place.
Riley Boone’s 96 was tossed out Monday after he posted an 80 on Sunday. He finished in a two-way tie for 45th place at 176.
Spokane’s Evan Omelia, who began the day five shots off the pace, emerged as the tournament medalist. Omelia shot 75 Monday after a first-round 73 and won the tournament with a 4-over-par 148 total, two shots in front of Olympic’s Kenyan Fanslow and Bellevue’s Taylor Smith.
Fanslow posted his second straight 75 Monday for a 36-hole score of 150 while Smith showed improvement Monday with a 1-over-par 73 that proved to be the day’s best score.
Omelia’s strong tournament enabled the Sasquatch to claim the team championship with a 609 score for its top four players over 36 holes of play. Olympic, which held a two-stroke lead in the team standings when play began Monday, fell back to second place at 617, eight strokes behind Spokane.
Skagit Valley finished third at 623, followed by Bellevue 630, Green River 664, a second Skagit Valley squad at 667 and Walla Walla at 668. The Warriors’ 346 score Monday was 24 strokes more than their Sunday total as they slipped two places in the team standings.
Spokane also won the women’s tournament with a 535 score. Olympic was second at 581 and Bellevue totaled 651 for third.
Olympic’s Leslie Guzman was the women’s medalist at 76-85—161, which was good for a 14-stroke victory over Spokane’s Brigid Rypien, who shot 87-88—175. Walla Walla didn’t have anyone entered in the field of 16 women.