Bellingham, Wash. – Jacob Koppenberg shot 3-under 69 to take the lead after the first round of play in the 12th Washington Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship, being held this week at Bellingham (Wash.) Golf and Country Club.
Koppenberg, a longtime Bellingham resident, birdied four of his last seven holes today to find himself on top of the leaderboard. He has a one-shot lead over Daniel Campbell, also of Bellingham, and a two-shot lead over Michael Cairns of Carnation, Wash.
Koppenberg, Campbell and Cairns were the only players out of a full field of 120 players to finish under par on a blustery day at the Bellingham layout.
Koppenberg is a volunteer assistant coach for the men’s golf team at Western Washington University, where he played collegiately. He has qualified for four U.S. Amateurs, and in 2019 was a semifinalist in the PNGA Men’s Amateur.
The final round of this 36-hole stroke-play championship will be held tomorrow, August 31, with the leaders teeing off at 1:50pm.
Earlier this month, Campbell won the North Bellingham Amateur, and last week was co-medalist in qualifying for the 2021 U.S. Mid-Amateur. He is a graduate of the University of the Fraser Valley, in British Columbia.
In 2020, Cairns made it to the round 16 in the PNGA Master-40 Amateur. He finished tied for 46th in last year’s Washington Men’s Mid-Amateur.
To be eligible for this championship, contestants must by 25 years of age or older by August 30, 2021. Competitors must have an active GHIN number and USGA Handicap Index issued by a WA Golf member club not exceeding 9.9 at the time of entry.