Erik Hanson of Kirkland shot 3-under par 69 to grab the lead after today’s first round of the 34th Washington Senior Men’s Amateur, while Bill Herron of College Place fired an opening round 2-under par 70 to lead the 13th Super Senior Men’s Amateur.
Hanson, who finished fourth in last month’s Washington Men’s Mid-Amateur, is seeking his first Senior Men’s title. He sits one shot ahead of Tom Lewis of Olympia and Tim Rypien of Spokane, while six-time champion Tom Brandes of Bellevue remains two off the lead.
Herron came out of the gates hot with three straight birdies to start his round before leveling off with a pair of bogeys on holes five and eight. He will enter tomorrow’s second round of the Super Senior Men’s Amateur with a one-shot lead over George Struthers of Richland and Steve MacGeorge of Shoreline.
To be eligible, contestants in the Senior Men’s Amateur must by 55 years of age or older by September 22, 2020, while contestants in the Super Senior Men’s Amateur must be age 65 by that same date. All competitors must have an active GHIN number and USGA Handicap Index issued by a WA Golf member club not exceeding 12.4 at the time of entry.
Founded in 1922, WA Golf is a 501c4 non-profit, amateur golf association governed by men and women volunteers. Serving over 71,000 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. 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.