Walla Walla Community College finished second, three shots back of Corban University, in men’s team scoring at the final round of Walla Walla Invitational at Wine Valley Golf Club on Tuesday.
Four WWCC men completed the two-day, three-round tournament on 870 strokes, only six over par. All four made the individual leaderboard’s Top 11.
Tucker Keys led WWCC and finished second with a 3-under-par 213, two shots behind Oregon Tech’s David Murphy.
WWCC’s Lars Malinen followed Keys by two strokes, also under par, and he took fifth place overall.
Teammate Dillon George ranked ninth with a 220, and Joe Reed was two strokes back in 11th place.
WWCC entered the final day tied with Corban.
Keys, Malinen and George all shot the third round under par, but Corban edged their team score by three strokes.
“(Our guys) did great,” WWCC coach Mike Rostollan said. “They had a chance to win when you think about it. There were a couple of bogies late instead of a couple of birdies. That’s the difference.”
Keys climbed up to his runner-up finish with consistency.
Keys and George both tied for eighth place with a 1-over 73 at the start of the tournament Monday, but then Keys cut three strokes in the second round in the afternoon. He followed with another 70 on Tuesday.
“I had some pretty good strokes through all the rounds,” Keys said. “I played tee-to-greens pretty well, just couldn’t get some of my putts to drop, but I got enough of them.”
Meanwhile, Walla Walla University’s Chase Yoshida shot only 1-over-par on the final day to place 14th as his team used the opportunity as tournament host to continue developing.
The Wolves finished the first round one stroke ahead of last-place Warner Pacific, but then dug itself into a big hole later that afternoon before improving Tuesday.
“We did sort of what we expected to do,” WWU coach Curtis Kuhlman said. “It’s only our second year in the conference, so we’re not actually expecting to win the tournament necessarily. We’re trying to shoot a given score as a team.
“We had three rounds for the guys,” he said. “Two of the rounds that we played, we shot within a stroke or two of what we’d want our team to shoot right now. One of the rounds was about 10 strokes higher than that. That’s not what we’d like to see, but two-out-of-three isn’t bad.”
The Walla Walla Invitational also included a women’s tournament of two rounds, and WWU cut 23 strokes from its team score Tuesday.
The Invitational concluded WWU’s fall season; however, WWCC will host a tournament Oct. 30-31 at Wine Valley.