New blood at the top as Quickstad and Thacker take first round lead at 24th Washington State Senior Men’s Best-Ball Championship

Tracy Quickstad of Snohomish and Dan Thacker of Woodway combined for a 5-under par 66 to take a slim lead in the 24th Washington State Senior Men’s Best-Ball Championship, being held at the par-71 Kalispel Golf and Country Club in Spokane.

The team holds a one-shot lead over Gordon Dallas of Spokane and Randy Allen of Liberty Lake, and Robert Bracht of Lake Forest Park and Roger Thorn of Kirkland.

Two shots back of the leaders is the duo of Duane Diede of Everett and John Von Lossow of Kirkland, who are seeking to defend their title, having won this championship last year at Salish Cliffs. They are looking for their third title in this event, having also won in 2014.

Under good playing conditions, with temperatures in the low 70s, only eight of the 46 teams managed to break par on the historic layout. Weather conditions for tomorrow’s final round will be a little different, with temperatures only reaching the low 50s, although no rain is in the forecast.

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