Tom Brandes of Bellevue followed up yesterday’s 4-under 68 with a 4-over 76 to stand at even-par 144 after two rounds, good enough to maintain the lead heading into tomorrow’s final round of the 32nd Washington State Senior Men’s Amateur.
Brandes had a tough start to today’s round, putting his tee shot out-of-bounds on the short par-4 second hole, leading to a triple-bogey; and then pulling his tee shot out-of-bounds on the next hole, a downhill 178-yard par-3, leading to a double-bogey.
“This is the kind of course where one bad swing will put you in a world of hurt,” Brandes said of the tight fairways, tall trees and several water hazards that can be found at Port Ludlow Golf Club. Brandes did steady himself, playing 1-under over the remaining 15 holes.
He holds a 4-shot lead over Alex Stamey (Mill Creek, Wash.). Brandes and Stamey are roommates during the championship, and will be paired together in the final group of tomorrow’s final round. Brandes is trying for his fifth title in this championship, having won four in a row in 2011-2014. He is the reigning WSGA Senior Men’s Player of the Year.
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In the 11th Super Senior Men’s Amateur, Gudmund Lindbjerg of Port Moody, B.C. shot even-par 72 today to climb to the top of the leaderboard. He had started the day tied for eighth, but on a day when everyone was backing up, his steady round was enough to pass several other players. He birdied the first hole, bogeyed the fifth, and then strung together 13 pars in a row.
Lindbjerg is tied at the top with Lance Lundy of Pemberton, B.C. Lundy was the first round leader, opening with a 2-under 70, but stumbled in today’s second round with a 7-over 79 to fall into a tie. The two players will be paired together in the last group of tomorrow’s final round in the Super Seniors.
The two championships are being held concurrently at Port Ludlow (Wash.) Golf Club. Both championships are 54 holes of stroke play and are conducted by the Washington State Golf Association (WSGA).
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