Mike Haack of Bellevue, Wash. fired a 3-under par 69 to grab the first round lead in the 32nd Pacific Northwest Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship, being held at Sandpines Golf Links in Florence, Ore.
Haack, who won this championship in 2009, had seven birdies and four bogeys on the day. Haack was named the Washington State Golf Association’s Men’s Mid-Amateur Player of the Year in 2013 and 2014.
Two shots behind Haack is Alex Stamey of Mill Creek, Wash., who finished the first round with a 1-under par 71. Stamey also had seven birdies on the day, but a double-bogey on the par-4 10th hole set him back. He won this championship in 2001.
Haack and Stamey were the only two players in the field to finish the day under par.
The second round of the 54-hole championship will be held tomorrow, followed by the final round on Thursday.
Click here for tee times, pairings and to follow along with live scoring. To stay connected on social media, follow @PNGALIVE on Twitter for live updates and use the hashtag #PNGAMensMidAm.
Players must be 25 years of age or older by September 13, 2016 and require a USGA Handicap Index or Golf Canada Handicap Factor of 8.4 or lower to be eligible.
Sandpines Golf Links opened in 1993 and was named the Best New Public Course in the America for that year by Golf Digest. The course was designed by Rees Jones, the noted architect famed for being the “U.S. Open doctor.” Sandpines is professionally managed by OB Sports.