SALEM – Both the Oregon Tech men and women opened up their spring golf season Monday at the Corban Invitational. The 10-hour day featured 36 holes with the conclusion of 18 holes beginning Tuesday at 9 a.m.
Dalton Durrell paced the Oregon Tech men with a score of 157 (80-77). His +13 puts him in a tie in 14th overall in a field of 39 golfers. Tyler Dearing and Nate Pajutee turned in scores of 171 and 172, respectively with Jason Graham and Mike Murphy rounding out Tech’s top 5 with a 182 and 192. The men’s team sits in 7th place after day 1 with a 682 total, trailing College of Idaho by two strokes.
Tyler Falk fired a two-under-par 70 during the opening round, six strokes better than any of his competition, and after a 73 in the second round he maintains a six-stroke lead with a one-under 143. Ryan Melnychuk from Concordia carded an even-par 72 for the best score on the second round after a 77 in the opening round and holds down second place with a 149. Rounding
Concordia put together rounds of 306 and 296 for a 36-hole total of 602 and built a solid lead in the men's division of the Corban Invitational golf tournament being held at Creekside Golf Club.
Simpson (Calif.) is in second with a 618 on rounds of 308 and 310, and Northwest Christian is three shots back of Simpson with a 621 on scores of 316 and 305. Rounding out the men's team scores are Warner Pacific 626 (317-309), Corban 637 (320-317), College of Idaho 680 (341-339) and Oregon Tech (338-344).
For the Tech women Alyssa Clements concluded the day with a 202, followed by Lexi Branon’s 218 and a 254 from Staccee Halvorsen. With just three golfers the Owls fail to show a team score. Sunny Powers of Concordia will take a 10-stroke lead after Monday's opening two rounds of the Corban Invitational women's golf tournament also being contested at Creekside Golf Club.
When the final groups came in by 7 p.m. the Cavaliers had carded rounds of 336 and 343 for a total of 679. Northwest Nazarene scored 345 and 364 for a total of 709, followed by Simpson (Calif.) with 372 and 361 for a total of 733. Rounding out the team totals were Corban 758 (386-372), Northwest Christian 776 (393-383) and College of Idaho 785 (391-394).
Powers sat in second place after the opening round with an 80, but she blasted away the competition in the second round with a four-over-par 76 on the 5,800-yard layout. Her 156 total is 10 strokes ahead of Samantha Miller from Northwest Nazarene, who carded 79 and 87 for a 166. Rounding out the top five were Concordia's Kelsey Whiles with 169 (81-88), Simpson's Christina Phelps 171 (87-84) and Concordia's Jennifer Gibbons 173 (89-84).