Von Lossow and Brajcich tied for first round lead at 101st Washington Men’s Amateur

Richland, Wash. – Andrew Von Lossow of Spokane and Jordan Brajcich of Everett both shot even-par 72 to tie for the lead after the first round of the 101st Washington Men’s Amateur Championship, being held this week at Meadow Springs Country Club in Richland, Wash.

Jordan Brajcich tees off to begin his opening round at Meadow Springs.

The championship consists of 54 holes of stroke play, with the full field of 120 players cut to the low 60 players and ties after 36 holes. The three-day championship is being conducted by Washington Golf (WA Golf).

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On a blustery day with sustained winds of 20-25 mph and gusts approaching 40 mph, Von Lossow and Brajcich were the only two players in the field to shoot even-par or better. Von Lossow made five birdies in his round, against five bogeys; while Brajcich made four birdies against four bogeys.

“There were significant gusts of wind out here. If you were over the ball sometimes you would get blown off,” Von Lossow said after his opening round. “I hit some good flighted shots, 17, the par-3, was playing 205 with a cross wind, and the flag in the distance was blowing all the way out. You just had to be alright with having a 40-footer, making a two putt and getting out.”

Earlier this month, Von Lossow finished as the low amateur in the 2022 Oregon Open (tied for third overall). He won the 2021 Washington Men’s Champion of Champions and qualified for Final Qualifying in the 2021 U.S. Open. Von Lossow has been playing in WA Golf events since 2005.

Brajcich played for two years on the Pacific Lutheran University men’s golf team before transferring to play at the University of Rhode Island where he just finished his redshirt-senior year. In March, Brajcich was medalist in the Battle of Rum Pointe and subsequently earned Atlantic-10 Conference Golfer of the Week honors.

Two players, Ian Mackay of Bothell and Jace Minni of Delta, B.C. both sit one shot off the pace. An additional 10 players sit within three shots of the lead, including 2019 Washington Men’s Amateur champion Reid Hatley of Hayden Lake, Idaho.

The state’s premier men’s amateur championship, which is a counting event toward the World Amateur Golf Ranking, traditionally attracts the region’s finest players.

About Washington Men’s Amateur Championship

The Washington Men’s Amateur is the longest-running continuously-held golf championship in the state. Its illustrious history traces the arc and the growth of the state’s golf community. Past champions include Fred Couples, Joel Dahmen, Alex Prugh, Brock Mackenzie, Kermit Zarley, John Bodenhamer, and Pacific Northwest Golf Hall of Famers Al Mengert, Bud Ward, Jack Westland and Harry Givan, among many others. A history of the championship can be found here.

About Meadow Springs Country Club

Designed by Robert Muir Graves, Meadow Springs Country Club has been the site of numerous tournaments and championships, including the Washington Open (1988-1990), the Northwest Open (2008, 2009), and the 1986 PNGA Men’s Amateur. The Nike Tour’s (precursor to today’s Korn Ferry Tour) Tri-Cities Open was held at Meadow Springs from 1991-2001. This is the fourth time the Washington Men’s Amateur has been held at Meadow Springs, having previously been contested there in 1980, 1985 and 1990.

About Washington Golf

Founded in 1922, WA Golf is celebrating its centennial in 2022. It is a 501c4 non-profit, amateur golf association governed by men and women volunteers. Serving more than 80,000 individual members at more than 550 member golf clubs and 270 golf courses throughout the state of Washington and Northern Idaho, WA Golf works to continually expand the game of golf to people of all backgrounds and abilities.

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