LIBERTY LAKE, Wash.  — Walla Walla’s men’s team shot 292 and matched the best score of the day here Sunday at the MeadowWood Golf Course during the second and final round of the Bigfoot Invitational golf tournament.

But the Warriors began the day eight shots off the pace and the best they could do was climb two rungs in the team standings to finish fourth in the final Northwest Athletic Conference tournament of the regular season.

North Idaho began the day in third place, two shots behind Bellevue and Southwest Oregon after Saturday’s round at Liberty Lake Golf Course. But the Cardinals also shot 292 Sunday and won the team championship with a 579 total.

Bellevue settled for second place at 580 and Southwest Oregon took third at 586, just one shot in front of WWCC’s 587 score. Host Spokane was next at 594, followed by Skagit Valley 598, Grays Harbor 599, Columbia Basin 614, Olympic 619 and Green River 636.

North Idaho also claimed the NWAC’s regular-season championship with 34 points. Bellevue was a close second with 32 points and Walla Walla, Spokane and Southwest Oregon tied for third place with 23 points each.

Ross Gilbert of Bellevue was the Bigfoot individual medalist. He fired a 5-under-par 67 Sunday on the 6,874-yard MeadowWood course after shooting 73 on the par-70 6,607-yard Liberty Lake course on Saturday.

Gilbert’s 140 total was two shots better than teammate Evan Galando, who followed up a first-round 69 with a 73 Sunday for an even-par 142 count for 36 holes of competition to finish alone in second place.

Daniel Campbell of Skagit Valley was two more shots back at 144 and Walla Walla’s Joe Reed and Southwest Oregon’s Kobie Lockwood tied for fourth place at 145, five shots off the pace. Reed shot 1-over 71 Saturday and 2-over 74 Sunday.

The Warriors’ Dillon George tied for ninth place with rounds of 75 and 72 for a 147 score. Chris Smith shot 75-74—149 and was tied for 17th place and Tucker Keyes and Lars Malinen tied for 23rd place in the field of 58 with identical rounds of 77 and 73 for idnetical 150 totals.

Conor Lees shot 74 Saturday at Liberty Lakes for one of the Warriors’ four counting scores, but he was forced to withdraw due to illness.

North Idaho’s women also prevailed Sunday with a 485 score for their top three scores over 36 holes of play on the same two golf courses. Columbia Basin finished second at 493. Walla Walla was seventh in the nine-school field with a 567 score.

Brianna Esvelt of Columbia Basin was the women’s champion with a 156 score, three shots better than teammate Kendall Sage.

Lauren Victorino led WWCC with rounds of 98 and 84 for a 182 count that gave her a share of 24th place in a field of 46. Korbie Jankes tied for 30th with a 185 total and Hannah Pond was the team’s third counting score at 200, tied for 38th place.

Madi Wood shot non-counting rounds of 103 and 102 to finish 41st at 205.

The Warriors teams will compete in the Southwest Oregon Invitational in Bandon in two weeks as a final preparation for the NWAC Championships May 21-22 at the Home Course in DuPont, Wash.

“I think the men’s team is trending in the right direction,” WWCC coach Mike Rostollan said. “We’re hoping to peak at just the right time. They can beat these guys and I know they can feel it.

“They flashed it this week, let the competition know we’re dangerous. The remaining days of the season we’ll be working hard toward our ultimate goal, and it’s in sight.”