5th WSGA Mid-Amateur Championship - Round 1 Recap

The 5th Annual Washington State Men’s and Women’s Mid-Amateur Championships began today at RMG Club at Oakbrook in Lakewook, Wash. The two-day even began on Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 and ends on Thursday, August 21st.

Following Round One of the Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship, Steve Rude of Graham, Wash. and Reid Hatley of Hayden Lake, Idaho share the lead heading into the second and Final Round after posting scores of one-over-par 71.

Hatley marched around the first 13 holes of the Championship with 12 pars and only a single bogey. He played the final four holes even-par, with two birdies and two bogies.

Rude, on the other hand, had a much less consistent round than Hatley. Rude carded three birdies and three bogies on the front nine to turn at even-par 35. He then went on to play the first eight holes of the back nine one-under par, but stumbled on the final hole, making a double bogey at No. 18.

Trailing Hatley and Rude is Ryan Earl of Fircrest, Wash. Earl made his way around with two birdies and four bogies to land in second place alone at two-over-par 72.

Erik Hanson of Kirkland, Wash., Craig Larson of Tacoma, Wash., Sean Packer of Seattle, Wash., Tom Hale of Lakewood, Wash., and Ben Garrett of Seattle, Wash. share a five-way tie for third place after posting rounds of three-over-par 73.

Past Champions Tom Brandes of Bellevue, Wash., and Mike Haack of Bellevue, Wash., are both in the mix after Round One five-over-par 75’s.

In the Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship, Ginny Burkey of Fircrest, Wash., and Shawn Farmer of Bellevue, Wash., both head into the Final Round at four-over-par.

Farmer pulled off a strong finish in Round One, making par on seven of the final eight holes.

In second place after carding a five-over-par 76, Cathrine Kay of Seattle, Wash., is right in the mix at one stroke off of the lead.

Defending Champion Leslie Folsom of Tukwila, Wash. is two behind the lead, looking to get into the mix after her opening-round six-over-par 77.

Both championships are being conducted by the Washington State Golf Association. The Men are playing RMG Oakbrook at 6,669 yards as a par 70. The Women are playing at 5,677 yards, as a par 71.

Be sure to follow along with tomorrow’s final round live scoring at www.thewsga.org. The leaders in the Women’s Mid-Amateur are scheduled to tee off at 8:30 a.m., while the leaders in the Men’s Mid-Amateur will tee off at 1:40 p.m.