All four Walla Walla players made strides in less favorable conditions Tuesday during the second round of the 36-hole Warriors Invitational men’s golf tournament at Veterans Memorial Golf Course.
But not enough to move the host school out of last place in the eight-team event.
After shooting a first-round 339 score Monday that left them eight strokes behind seventh-place Olympic, the Warriors improved by 22 shots Tuesday with a second-round 317 for a 656 total score for their top four players.
The Rangers improved as well, however, scoring 320 Tuesday to finish five strokes better than Walla Walla.
On the other end of the spectrum, Spokane managed to hang on to the team championship despite needed 17 more strokes to tour the 6,646-yard par-72 Vets layout Tuesday than it did Monday.
The Sasquatch’s 297 count Tuesday put them in at 577 overall and six shots better than second-place North Idaho. The Cardinals shot 294 Tuesday after a first-round 289.
Skagit Valley finished third at 589, followed by Grays Harbor 592, Bellevue 603, Southwest Oregon 625, Olympic and Walla Walla.
Skagit Valley’s Jonny Larson took home the individual championship, firing a 4-under-par 68 Tuesday to overtake first-round leader Chance Moseley of Spokane. Moseley turned in a 2-under 70 Tuesday after beginning the day with a one-shot lead thanks to a first-round 68.
Another Spokane player, Jake Larson, began the day one shot off the pace after a first-round 69. But he ballooned to 77 Tuesday and finished alone in seventh place at 146, one shot behind teammate Zach Stocker and the Warriors’ Marcus Egusquiza.
Egusquiza led Walla Walla’s unfulfilled comeback effort by shooting a 2-under-par 70 Tuesday to snag a share of fifth place. Egusquiza improved by five shots after his first-round 75.
Likewise, Patrick McKibbin, Seth Samuels and Dakota Wild cut down on their stroke totals Tuesday.
McKibben shot 80 Tuesday after a first-round 84 and tied for 37th place. Samuels shot 82 Tuesday, a nine-shot improvement, and was alone in 43rd place. And Wild carded 85 Tuesday after a first-round 90 and placed 47th in the field of 48.
In women’s play North Idaho claimed the team championship with a 502 score and Southwest Oregon’s Katie Bogert took home medalist honors with a 163 tally that was two strokes better than Spokane’s Emma Torres and Columbia Basin’s Breanna Watts, who tied for second place.
WWCC’s Alex Bangs and Brooke Kramer finished 13th and 14th, respectively, in a field of 38 on a par-72 course playing at 5,403 yards. Bangs shot 89 Tuesday after a first-round 87 and Kramer carded 86, a five-shot improvement over her first-round score.
Jade Higley was WWCC’s third counting score at 193. She shot 95 Tuesday and finished tied for 30th place.