GRAYS HARBOR, Wash. — Lars Malinen finished tied for11th to lead the Walla Walla Community College golfers at Highland Golf Course here on Monday.
Malinen shot 75-69—144, seven strokes off Spokane’s Derrick Phelps, who won with a 3-under 137.
Joe Reed finished tied for 14th at 73-72—145, Dillon George tied for 39th at 76-82—158, and Jake Girard tied for 41st at 79-80—159.
Brayden Weaver shot an 84-78—162 to tie for 48th, and Tucker Keys came in at 76-88—164.
On the women’s side, Lauren Victorino tied for 23rd at 83-85—168.
Marisa Jimenez tied for 35th at 89-89—178.
Both the WWCC men and women finished sixth in the team standings.
“The Warriors did not fare very well at Grays Harbor,” WWCC coach Mike Rostollan said. “The men just never could get anything going. In the first three holes, three counters had an eight, nine and 10, a quad and two quints, that’s 14 strokes! It’s tough to be competitive with those numbers and even tougher for a player to come back from.
“Lars (Malinen) did birdie four of his last six holes of the day, and Joe (Reed) played two solid rounds, so we did have that going for us.
“Lauren (Victorino) was cruising along nicely only to finish bogey, double bogey to slip out of a top 10 finish,” he said. “Marisa (Jimenez) had a tougher day generally, a mixed bag of bad shots and no luck.
“We may see (injured) Korbie (Jenks) back in action next week, for sure by our home event Halloween weekend.
“While the golf course was a bit rugged, the weather couldn’t have been better, but certainly it could have been worse,” Rostollan said. “The downpour started just as we were leaving. I noted to the men they, at least, didn’t have to finish sixth playing in that kind of rain.”
The next tournament for the Warriors is next Monday and Tuesday at the Walla Walla University Invitational at Wine Valley Golf Club.
It is a 54 hole event, 36 Monday and 18 Tuesday for the men, while the women play 18 each day.
“It will be a test for us to bounce back and play more like we can,” Rostollan said.