Chris Mehl turned in the best score of day, pacing the championship division with a 4-under par 68 at the conclusion of first-round action in the 70th annual All-City Championships here at Walla Walla Country Club on Saturday.
The tournament finishes today at Veterans Memorial Golf Course with second-round teeing off this morning at 8 a.m.
First-round play included 116 participants all together.
The Championship Division had 24 men, and Mehl finished the first round with a four-stroke lead over Jeff Neher, Carl Wheeler and Ramon Montoya — all tied for second place.
Meanwhile, Ben Currin topped 26 men in Flight 1 of the Open Division with a 75 that was one stroke ahead of Jeff Bishop, Scott Sterner and Chris Jacky.
Flight 2 of the Open Division, with another 25 participants, had Don Zarndt on top with an 83 that was three up on Tony Billingsley and Brian Bruggeman as well as Randy Romero.
The biggest division, the Senior Division with 31 golfers, Howard Crosby shot a 73 to lead the way with Jeff Wright and John LeFriec one back.
And the Ladies Division of 10 saw Madison Darnold, a Wa-Hi standout who had just graduated after playing in the state championships for the third year, finish the first round in the led with a 79 that was a stroke ahead of Joan Schille.
Walla Walla All-City Championships
at Walla Walla Country Club
Open Division Flight 1
Open Division Flight 2