BURLINGTON, Wash. — Walla Walla Community College’s Conor Lees finished the Cardinal Classic at Avalon Golf Links here on Monday in seventh place, two spots higher than he sat after the first round on Sunday.
Lees shot 75-77—152, to tie North Idaho’s Ben Harvey for seventh.
Bellevue’s Kevin Simmons shaved five shots off his first-round 76 to card a 71 and take medalist honors with a 147.
Kobie Lockwood from Southwestern Oregon and Skagit Valley’s Jonny Larson tied for second at 149, Spokane’s Chase Mitchell and North Idaho’s Sean Langham tied for fourth at 150, and Gerry Snyder from SW Oregon was sixth at 151.
The Avalon course was damp, Warriors coach Mike Rostollan said, but “the golf course drained like a champion.
“Conor Lees again played an admirable tournament,” Rostollan said. “Had he drained a few more putts, he easily finishes a few spots higher. His three-putt count was five. Tee-to-green, the last few weeks Conor has played consistently, and picked his target line smartly.”
WWCC’s Marcus Egusquiza jumped from a tie for 22nd after the first round into a tie for 11th with his 77-78—155, with teammates Austin Khile improving three spots to finishe in a tie for 38th at 83-82—165, an Wyatt Utt remained at No. 50 with his 89-93—182.
In the men’s team standings, North Idaho won by two strokes over Bellevue with a 606, followed by SW Oregon in third at 616, Skagit Valley fourth at 618, Spokane fifth at 622, Green River was next at 635, Grays Harbor was seventh at 644, with Olympic eighth at 649, Columbia Basin ninth at 653 and WWCC 10th at 654.
On the women’s side, the Warriors finished seventh in the team standings with a 555, behind Spokane’s 482.
Host Skagit Valley was second at 489, Columbia Basin was third at 491, North Idaho was next at 501, SW Oregon was fifth at 520, Bellevue sixth at 535 and Highline finished behind WWCC at 571.
The Warriors’ Brooke Cramer improved two spots for a three-way tie for a 15th-place finish at 87-87—174.
Teammates Camryn Cox carded 96-93–189 to place 33rd, Brooke Orr was right behind Cox in a tie for 34th at 93-99—192, Ally Chapman was 43rd at 102-115—217, and Cynthia DeVille was 44th at 119-125—244.
The Warriors next play in two weeks at Southwestern Oregon at Bandon Dunes .
The following week the NWAC Championships are at Apple Tree in Yakima.