BREMERTON, Wash. — Walla Walla lost ground and finished tied for sixth in a field of eight teams here Friday as the Olympic Invitational men’s golf tournament concluded at the Gold Mountain Olympic Course.
The Warriors shot 315 as a team, four shots better than their first-round total during Thursday’s opening round of the 36-hole event. But they finished 28 shots behind first-place Spokane after trailing the Sasquatch by 14 shots after the first 18 holes of play.
Spokane won the tournament with a 606 tally for its top four scores, following up a first-round 304 score with a 302 card Friday.
The Sasquatch finished three shots in front of second-place Fraser Valley, which scored 303 Friday after an opening-round 306 count. Skagit Valley and Southwest Oregon finished tied for third place at 621, followed by Olympic 629, Belleuve and Walla Walla deadlocked at 634 and Green River 698.
“The men didn’t move up or down the leaderboard,” Warriors coach Mike Rostollan said. “But they did fall another 14 strokes behind the eventual winner.
“We’re better than this showing indicates, and we have two weeks to shore things up before our first spring league event.”
David Gullickson of the host Rangers took advantage of course knowledge to claim medalist honors on the par-72 Gold Mountain course. Gullickson fired a 1-over-par 73 Friday after Thursday’s opening-round 74 and finished 147, one shot in front of Spokane’s Derrick Phelps.
Phelps also shot 73 Friday to match the best round of the day. Cole Briggs of Fraser Valley scored 73 Friday after a first-round 76 and finished in a three-way deadlock for third place with Preston Luckman of Southwest Oregon and Daniel Campbell of Skagit Valley.
Luckman was the first-round leader after posting a 73 on Thursday, but he needed three more strokes to make his way around the 6,850-yard layout Friday despite better playing conditions.
Halen Davis of Fraser Valley was a fifth player to shoot 1-over 73 Friday and wound up sharing sixth place with Conner Hayes of Spokane at 150. Hayes shot 76 Friday.
Tucker Keyes was Walla Walla’s top scorer. Keyes followed up a first-round 75 with a 76 Friday and finished alone in eight place at 151.
“Tucker suffered a late double-bogey that knocked him down a couple of spots,” Rostollan said of Keyes.
Warriors Joe Reed and Stephen Clements finished at 162 and in a three-way tie for 30th place with Isaac Hall of Bellevue in the field of 50.
Reed turned in a second-straight round of 81 while Clements improved by four shots Friday with a 7-over-par 79.
WWCC’s Dillon George and Zac Adams finished in a five-way tie for 33rd place at 165. George shot 85 Friday after a first-round 80 and Adams improved to 81 during his second trip around Gold Mountain.
Jake Girard was WWCC’s sixth player, tied for 38th place at 166. But Girard’s 79 on Friday was an eight-stroke improvement over his first round.
“Jake and Stephen both brought it back with a pair of 79s,” Rostollan said. “That’s more like how they can play.
“In the end, though, we still finished too far behind the other colleges,” he added.
In women’s play, Southwest Oregon climbed from third place in a four-team field to claim the championship with a 533. The Lakers’ 255 tally Friday for their top three scores was a 23-stroke improvement over Thursday’s round and 24 strokes better than first-day leader Fraser Valley.
Fraser Valley scored 279 Friday after a first-round 265 tally and slipped to third place at 544.
The host Rangers claimed second place at 536, shooting back-to-back 268 scores. Highline settled for fourth place at 573.
Skagit Valley’s Alex Ferrier claimed medalist honors at 166 for two trips around the 5,607-yard course. Ferrier shot a tournament-best 81 Friday and overtook Skagit Valley’s Sharon Park and Olympic’s Sarah Kopta, the top two players on Thursday.
Park, the first-day leader, went from 82 to 95 and finished third at 177, 11 strokes off the pace. Kopta’s 87 on Friday was three strokes more than her Thursday score and left her alone in second place at 171.
Hannah Pond, Walla Walla’s lone entry, scored 120 Friday after an opening-round 114 and finished 20th in the field of 21.
The Warriors are back in action April 9-10 when they compete in their first Northwest Athletic Conference tournament at the West Richland and Canyon Lakes golf courses in the Tri-Cities. Columbia Basin College will be the host.