John Sand seizes lead at Washington State Men's Amateur

John Sand of Hoquiam, Wash. shot 4-under-par 66 in today’s second round to jump to the top of the leaderboard at the 93rd Washington State Men’s Amateur Championship, being held this week at the par-70 Palouse Ridge Golf Club in Pullman, Wash.

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Sand had shot 3-under 67 in yesterday’s first round, and sits at 7-under heading into tomorrow’s final round. Sand will be a junior in the fall on the University of Denver’s men’s golf team. He was a four-time 1A league Most Valuable Player while playing for the Hoquiam High School boy’s golf team and won the 2016 WSGA Champion of Champions.

Sand has a two-stroke lead over Nathan Cogswell (Kent), Chase Carlson (Tacoma) and Eric Hagen (Olympia).

Cogswell will be a sophomore on Seattle University men’s golf team, and was voted the team’s Most Valuable Player his freshman year. He finished in the top 20 of last year’s Washington State Amateur, and earlier this year won the WSGA Champion of Champions.

Carlson won the 2016 Washington State Amateur, and will be a senior in the fall at Colorado Christian University.

Eric Hagen
Eric Hagen

Hagen was the first-round leader, firing a 5-under-par 65 yesterday. Sand and Hagen are teammates on the University of Denver men’s golf team.

The championship consists of 54 holes of stroke play, and the field of 120 players has now been cut to the low 60 players and ties for tomorrow’s final round.

The three-day championship is being conducted by the Washington State Golf Association (WSGA).

The first tee time for the final round is 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 8. The leaders will tee off at 10:59 a.m.

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The state’s premier men’s amateur championship is a counting event toward the World Amateur Golf Ranking.

Founded in 1922, the WSGA is a 501c4 non-profit, amateur golf association governed by men and women volunteers. Serving nearly 70,000 individual members at more than 550 member golf clubs and 270 golf courses throughout the state of Washington and Northern Idaho, the WSGA works to continually expand the game of golf to people of all backgrounds.

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