BANDON, Ore. — Walla Walla Community College men climbed up to fifth place, with Zac Adams tied for sixth on the individual leaderboard, on the final day of the Southwestern Oregon Invitational here on Monday. 

Playing at Bandon Trails, the Warriors combined to shoot a 296 (a 17-stroke improvement over Sunday at Pacific Dunes). They finished only three strokes behind fourth-place Skagit Valley.

Adams finished as WWCC’s top individual, thanks in large part to a 1-under-par 70 on Sunday. He followed with a five-over 76 that included not only a birdie but also a pace of play penalty at Bandon Trails.

The Warrior ended up even with Southwest Oregon’s Preston Luckman in sixth place.

“Zac steadied himself after a slow start, a plus-three early but steadied himself, finished out even the rest of the way, only to be stroked for slow play,” WWCC coach Mike Rostollan said. “Pace of play is strictly enforced, each group receives the penalty too, regardless who may be the culprit. Not always fair, but the players in each foursome need to take action to self-correct.” 

“Zac missed two five-footers at 15 and 16, but did can an ocean goer of 40 feet at 17,” Rostollan continued. “This tournament was a big step for him as a tournament player.”

Lauri Malinen and Tucker Keys each turned a two-over 73 for WWCC’s best team score in the second round. Malinen’s card included four birdies, and he finished in ninth place on the individual leaderboard. Keys birdied twice.

Joe Reed had a eagle and three birdies on his way to a three-over 74, and Conor Lees birdies twice for a five-over to complete the Warriors’ team score.

“Lars started with two doubles early then settled down to play error-free, whereas Joe was four under at the turn, only to finish bogey, bogey, triple, bogey, bogey. Ouch,” Rostollan said. “Both men still had solid tournament showings. Tucker and Conor were our other counters, both much improved in the second round.”

The Warrior men also had Chris Smith shooting a nine-over, three ahead of teammate Nate Towner, and Dillon George followed at plus-14.

Meanwhile women played second-round action at Old MacDonald, and WWCC’s Lauren Victorino birdied twice on her way to a tie for 16th place.

Victorino shot a 14-over-par 85 in the second round, cutting one stroke from her Sunday score.

The WWCC women finished last among the nine schools, although their second-round score of 275 was three better Highline.

Korbie Jenks shot a 21-over, six ahead of teammate Hannah Pond, and Madi Woody followed at plus-32.

“Lauren had an uneventful round both good and bad, ho hum with pars and bogeys but no real train wrecks,” Rostollan said. “Korbie too had just the bad hole or two, but an average score for her. Madi and Hannah are still developing their road games, but their golf spirits travel well.”

WWCC will be back in action May 21-22 for the Northwest Athletic Conference Championships at Home Course in DuPont, Wash.

“North Idaho is definitely favored and Bellevue has been playing great of late,” Rostollan said. “Skagit, Spokane, Southwest Oregon, and Walla Walla have been toss-ups for third best this season. It should be a highly competitive affair, our guys capable of upsetting, it’s just now we’re down to our last chance.”