The 2014 Pacific Northwest Men’s Amateur Championship opened today at Palouse Ridge Golf Club at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. A full field of 168 contestants will participate in 36 holes of stroke-play qualifying held over July 6th and July 7th. The field will be cut to a 64 player match play bracket, from July 8th to July 11th, with the final match played over 36 holes.
Palouse Ridge Golf Club will be played as a 7,154 par 70 for the Championship stroke play rounds.
Dylan Wu of Medford, Oregon played in the morning wave of Round One and posted an early 5-under-par 65. Wu, who stared on Hole 10, came out of the gates with 4-under-par 31. He finished his bogey-free campaign with a 34 on the front nine.
The star of the afternoon wave was Sydney, Austria native Dale Brandt-Richards. His 6-under-par 64 held up to claim a one stroke lead heading into the Round Two of stroke play qualifying. Brandt-Richards, who also started on Hole 10, began with a bogey, but quickly found his bearings, making a birdie on the next hole, and then birdying 15, 16, 17, and 18 to turn with a 4-under-par 31. He settled down and completed his round with a bogey-free 33 on the front side.
Trailing Brandt-Richards and Wu, going into Round Two, are Conner Kumpula, of Albany, Oregon, Hans Reimers of Lake Oswego, Oregon, and Jesse Heinly of Bend, Oregon at 4-under-par 66.
There are a total of 29 players under par after Round One.
Round Two of the 2014 Pacific Northwest Amateur Championship begins at 7 a.m. on Monday, July 7th.