Karns making strong bid to repeat at WSGA Senior Men's Amateur; Kubisa out in front at Super Senior

Brad Karns of Vancouver, Wash. opened the 31st Washington State Senior Men’s Amateur with a first round of 2-under 70, in attempting to defend the title he won last year; while Tom Kubisa of Bremerton, Wash. shot even-par 70 to take a four-shot lead after the opening round of the 10th Super Senior Men’s Amateur.

Round One Complete at Senior & Super Senior Men's Amateur's

Both championships are to be held concurrently at Sunland Golf and Country Club in Sequim, Wash. Both championships are 54 holes of stroke play and are conducted by the Washington State Golf Association (WSGA).

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Karns was one of only two players to break par on the 6,205-yard tree-lined layout. His bogey-free round included two birdies on the back side.

Jim McNelis of Gig Harbor, Wash. shot 1-under 71, one stroke back of Karns.

Kubisa’s wild round included four bogeys and four birdies, capped by a birdie on the par-5 18th. Kubisa has previously won the 2016 PNGA Super Senior Men’s Amateur.

In second place in the Super Senior is Gudmund Lindbjerg of Port Moody, B.C. Lindbjerg is the defending champion, and is easily within reach of Kubisa with two rounds to play. Lindbjerg also won the Super Senior title in 2014, and last week he won the PNGA Men’s Super Senior Team title with partner John Gallacher of Burnaby, B.C.