DuPont, Wash. – The opening round of the 13th Annual Washington Champion of Champions is in the books. A number of the state’s top players sit near the top of the leaderboards after Thursday’s first round at The Home Course.
Jacob Rohde of Everett shot the low round of the day in the Men’s division with a 4-under par 68. He sits one shot ahead of Colten Kleis of Kenmore. Three other players; Jordan Lee of Auburn, Dane Renkert of Bellingham and Justin Towle of Bothell sit at one-under par. Defending champion Andrew Von Lossow of Spokane sits five shots back at one-over par.
In the Women’s division, two-time champion (2016, 2018) Sarah Lawrence of Monroe led the way with 3-under par 69. She sits one shot ahead of reigning Washington Women’s Amateur champion Kennedy Knox of Normandy Park. Lawrence and Knox were the only two players in the field to shoot under par.
Tom Herrick of Olympia fired an opening round 3-under 69 to lead the charge in the Senior Men’s division. Herrick is closely followed by defending champion and five-time winner (2012, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2021) Tom Brandes of Bellevue and Tom Hale of Lakewood who both shot one-under par.
In the Senior Women’s division, 2017 champion Gretchen Klein of Hoquiam opened with 5-over par 77 to lead by one shot over Patty Myers of Camas. Defending champion Karen Johnson of Auburn sits six shots off the lead.
The championship is being played over 36 holes of stroke play on April 28-29. This year’s field consists of 152 champions from around the state of Washington and Northern Idaho, competing in four divisions – Men, Senior Men, Women and Senior Women.