WALLA?WALLA, Wash. Brandon Kearney birdied his final two holes and held on for the Northwest Open Invitational win at Wine Valley Golf Club on Wednesday.
The Bend Golf and Country Club assistant professional led all three days of play but saw a five-stroke lead shrink to a single stroke before his final two birdies.
Those two shots put him at two under par on the round with a 70, giving him a three-round total of 204 (-12).
Darren Black of Rainier, Wash., and Derek Barron of of Tacoma, Wash., tied for second place three strokes back with three-round scores of 207.
The top amateur in the field was Dylan Goodwin of Mukilteo, Wash., who shot a 69 on Wednesday and finished tied for fifth at seven under (209).
Defending champion Corey Prugh of Spokane, Wash., ended in a four-way tie for seventh at 210.
Jeff Coston, who won the Senior Oregon Open Invitational at Wildhorse two weeks ago, was tied for 30th at 217 after shooting over par on each of his final two rounds.
None of the players from Wildhorse Golf Course or Pendleton Country Club advanced past Tuesdays cut.
The Northwest Open Invitational also featured two days of pro-am action preceding the main tournament.
The team led by Cedarcrest Golf Course (Seattle) professional Dave Castleberry took the two-day title at 47 under par using a two net best ball format.
The Northwest Open Invitational will return to the 7,025-yard Wine Valley in 2013.