BREMERTON, Wash. — Walla Walla Community College’s men’s golf team — an entirely new cast with one exception — found itself in dead-last place this morning as the second round of the Northwest Athletic Association’s Men’s Fall Classic commenced at McCormick Woods Golf Course in nearby Port Orchard.

The Gold Mountain Olympic Course was the site of the first round of the tournament here Sunday, and the 6,671-yard par-72 layout was not kind to the Warriors.

“It’s a big golf course with plenty of places on it to go wrong,” WWCC coach Mike Rostollan said after his team’s first-round 343 total that was 55 strokes over par for its top four players and 49 strokes behind frontrunning Southwest Oregon’s 394 team tally.

“Many of those places jumped out and grabbed our golf balls,” Rostollan said. “Lost balls and out-of-bounds penalties hammered the team.

“It was not our best day to say the least and a bit overwhelming, I think, in some respects.”

Southwest Oregon was led by brothers Joel and Gerry Snyder who carded identical par-72 scores and were tied atop the leaderboard with Jake Larson of Spokane. Ben Harvey of North Idaho was alone in fourth place and just one shot in back of the trio of leaders.

North Idaho was second in the team standings at 300, six shots off the pace. It was two more strokes back to Spokane, with Bellevue alone in fourth place at 308.

Grays Harbor came next at 317, followed by Skagit Valley 318, host Olympic and Green River tied at 324, Columbia Basin 327 and then the Walla Wallans.

Marcus Egusquiza led the Warriors with a 10-over-par 82 that left him in a five-way tie for 30th place in the field of 57. Conor Lees, the only returning player from last year’s WWCC squad, shot 84 and was in a four-way tie for 42nd place.

Austin Khile scored 87 and was alone in 48th place, and Riley Chester was the team’s fourth counting score, a 90 that game him a share of 53rd place. Wyatt Utt shot a non-counting 103 and was in 56th place, and Sterling Sandberg turned in a 107 score for 57th place.

The WWCC women were more competitive on the same course but playing at 5,607 yards. The Warriors’ 276 count for their top three players was good for sixth place, nine strokes behind North Idaho’s team-leading total of 253.

Columbia Basin was second at 254, followed by Bellevue 257, Spokane 260, Southwest Oregon 262, WWCC 276, Olympic 278, Skagit Valley 279, Highline 286 and Centralia 320.

Brianna Esvelt of CBC led the field of 49 women with a 2-over-par 74. She took a five-shot lead over Spokane’s Shelby Baum into today’s second and final round of the tournament.

Brooke Cramer shot 87 to lead the Warriors and was in a three-way tie for 10th place. Camryn Cox turned in a 94 and was tied for 27th, and Brooke Orr was a stroke back at 95 and tied for 29th with two others.

Kylie Gronning shot a non-counting 97 and was in 33rd place, and Ally Chapman and Cynthia DeVille matched 113 scores and were in a four-way tie for 45th.

“Our women negotiated the course a little better, but they also had their fair share of penalties,” Rostollan said. “Brooke Cramer shot a very respectable 87, especially considering a four-putt and a rough double-double-triple stretch in the middle of the round.

“Again, these are all new women playing their first round of college golf. I think they have tremendous potential and will work their way up the standings as the season progresses.”

Sunday’s round was played in cool, overcast and sometimes rainy conditions, Rostollan noted. More of the same was expected for today’s final round at McCormick Woods.

Union Bulletin