Brajcich grabs solo lead at 101st Washington Men’s Amateur

Richland, Wash. – Round one co-leader Jordan Brajcich of Everett shot and even-par 72 to take the solo lead after two rounds of the 101st Washington Men’s Amateur Championship, being held this week at Meadow Springs Country Club in Richland, Wash.

The championship consists of 54 holes of stroke play, with the full field of 120 players cut to the low 60 players and ties after today’s second round. The three-day championship is being conducted by Washington Golf (WA Golf).

Jordan Brajcich lines up a putt on the 18th hole with his caddie watching.

Brajcich’s 72 followed up his round of even-par 72 yesterday. His two-day total of even-par 144 is good for a one-shot lead over Jacob Janho of Puyallup heading into tomorrow’s final round.

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Janho started today’s round three shots back after an opening round of 3-over 75. He shot 2-under par on today’s front nine and followed it up with an even-par 36 on the back.

Brajcich is the only player in the field at even-par or better after two rounds. He started today’s round tied for the lead with Andrew Von Lossow of Spokane, who shot a 5-over par 77 today and now sits in a tie for 12th place.

“I hit the ball really well today, I think I hit 17 greens and then just came short on one in the fringe.” Said Brajcich. “To shoot even-par was a little frustrating, missed a lot of putts out there, but I’m definitely striking the ball well and I know the putts will fall tomorrow. I’m confident with where my game’s at right now.”

Brajcich played for two years on the Pacific Lutheran University men’s golf team before transferring to play at the University of Rhode Island where he just finished his redshirt-senior season. In March, Brajcich was medalist in the Battle of Rum Pointe and subsequently earned Atlantic-10 Conference Golfer of the Week honors.

Jacob Janho

Janho, just 16-years-old, plays on the Cascade Christian (Puyallup) High School Boys Golf Team. He finished in second place at the WIAA 1A State Championship this year, after tying for first and losing in a playoff.

After yesterday’s blustery conditions, scores were much lower today. The average score of today’s round was 77.1, 2.7 shots lower than yesterday’s average of 79.8.

A total of twelve players sit within five shots of the lead, including 2006 Washington Men’s Amateur champion Zach Bixler of Richland, and 2019 Washington Men’s Amateur champion Reid Hatley of Hayden Lake, Idaho.

The leaders in tomorrow’s final round will tee off at 10:30am.

The state’s premier men’s amateur championship, which is a counting event toward the World Amateur Golf Ranking, traditionally attracts the region’s finest players.

About Washington Men’s Amateur Championship

The Washington Men’s Amateur is the longest-running continuously-held golf championship in the state. Its illustrious history traces the arc and the growth of the state’s golf community. Past champions include Fred Couples, Joel Dahmen, Alex Prugh, Brock Mackenzie, Kermit Zarley, John Bodenhamer, and Pacific Northwest Golf Hall of Famers Al Mengert, Bud Ward, Jack Westland and Harry Givan, among many others. A history of the championship can be found here.

About Meadow Springs Country Club

Designed by Robert Muir Graves, Meadow Springs Country Club has been the site of numerous tournaments and championships, including the Washington Open (1988-1990), the Northwest Open (2008, 2009), and the 1986 PNGA Men’s Amateur. The Nike Tour’s (precursor to today’s Korn Ferry Tour) Tri-Cities Open was held at Meadow Springs from 1991-2001. This is the fourth time the Washington Men’s Amateur has been held at Meadow Springs, having previously been contested there in 1980, 1985 and 1990.

About Washington Golf

Founded in 1922, WA Golf is celebrating its centennial in 2022. It is a 501c4 non-profit, amateur golf association governed by men and women volunteers. Serving more than 80,000 individual members at more than 550 member golf clubs and 270 golf courses throughout the state of Washington and Northern Idaho, WA Golf works to continually expand the game of golf to people of all backgrounds and abilities.

WA Golf also serves as a statewide representative of the United States Golf Association and works closely with a number of allied associations within the golf industry for the betterment of the game.

The championship consists of 54 holes of stroke play, with the full field of 120 players cut to the low 60 players and ties after 36 holes. The three-day championship is being conducted by Washington Golf (WA Golf).