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Sammamish, Wash. (VIGolf.ca) – Three players are tied for the lead after 36 holes played on a warm day in the 21st Sahalee Players Championship, being held at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Wash.

Jay Hwang of Fullerton, Calif., Mark Anguiano of Whittier, Calif. and Byron Meth of San Diego, Calif. each stand at 4-under par at the half-way point of the championship. Hwang, who will be a senior at UCLA, shot a 68 in the afternoon round to leap over 16 players to grab his share of the lead. These three players will be paired together in the final group of tomorrow’s third round.

After two rounds, there are nine players in the field of 68 that are under par, and 20 players within five shots of the lead.

The championship is being contested over 72 holes of stroke play, with no cut. The first tee time for tomorrow’s third round will be at 11:00 a.m., with the leaders teeing off at 2:40.

Visit www.sahaleeplayerschampionship.com for more information, including third round pairings and to follow along with live scoring. For a complete list of competitive bios of the players, click here.

Scottie Scheffler, the young phenom from Texas who finished tied for 22nd last month in the PGA Tour’s HP Byron Nelson Championship and who is currently the No. 3-ranked amateur in the world, struggled with Sahalee’s tree-lined fairways and is tied for 27th. Scheffler is the reigning U.S. Junior Amateur champion.

Bryson Dechambeau, who is ranked No. 10 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) and will be a senior at Southern Methodist University, arrived at Sahalee last night after a long flight from London where he competed in the Palmer Cup. He shot even-par 72 in today’s morning round, and was 3-under par in the afternoon round before jet lag and fatigue got to him and he finished with a 1-over 73. Dechambeau tied for second in last year’s SPC, and is the reigning Trans-Mississippi champion.

One of the more impressive showings today is Charles Kern of Mercer Island, Wash. who shot rounds of 72-71 and is tied for eighth. Kern is a relative unknown, ranked 2,376th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, but was the medalist in qualifying last week to get into the invitation-only championship. This is his first time playing the SPC. He will be a senior at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Kern, whose family became members of Sahalee two years ago, had reached 3-under par in both of rounds today, but stumbled in the closing holes. “I guess I might have some advantage in knowing the course,” he said. “I know where not to hit it. But, you still have to hit the shots, and I missed a few today.”

The SPC consistently fields the top amateur golfers from around the world, and is ranked the 21st amateur championship in terms of strength of field.

Past champions of this prestigious amateur championship include Kyle Stanley, Casey Martin, Peter Uihlein, Nick Taylor, Daniel Summerhays, Ryan Moore, Chris Williams, Arron Oberholser and Jason Gore, among others.

Five of the past 10 SPC champions were winners of the Ben Hogan Award, given to the nation’s top collegiate golfer. More than a dozen SPC participants have gone on to play on the PGA Tour.

This year will mark the 21st installment of the Sahalee Players Championship. In addition to the 2010 U.S. Senior Open, which was won by Bernhard Langer, Sahalee also tested the world’s best when it hosted the 1998 PGA Championship, won by Vijay Singh, and the 2002 World Golf Championships-NEC Invitational, won by Craig Parry.

The Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA) partnered with Sahalee Country Club 14 years ago to create the “Western Swing” with the Pacific Northwest Men’s Amateur Championship. The Sahalee Players Championship is the first leg of the swing, with the Pacific Northwest Men’s Amateur being played the following week. The two championships combined with a primary goal of providing amateur golfers in the West an opportunity to play two major national amateur championships without having to travel to the East Coast. This year will mark the 113th Pacific Northwest Men’s Amateur Championship, and will be held July 6-11 at Palouse Ridge Golf Club in Pullman, Wash. (Watch the preview here.)

Official scores from day one:

Jay Hwang                          72-68–140

Mark Anguiano                 71-69–140

Byron Meth                        70-70–140

Aaron Wilkin                      70-71–141

Owen Taylor                      73-68–141

Kurt Kitayama                  74-68–142

James Beale                       70-72–142

Carl Jonson                        73-70–143

Charles Kern                      72-71–143

Hans Reimers                    72-72–144

Jonathan Woo                   71-73–144

Cory Crawford                  72-72–144

Kevin Carrigan                  73-72–145

Matt Hansen                      72-73–145

Xander Schauffele            71-74–145

Corey Pereira                     70-75–145

Bryson Dechambeau       72-73–145

Ryan Tetrault                    73-72–145

Keelan Kilpatrick              75-70–145

Kevin Kwon                       71-74–145

Eli Cole                                74-72–146

Jarryd Felton                      71-75–146

Brett Walker                       76-70–146

Tae Koh                              78-68–146

Mike Haack                       69-78–147

Thomas Lim                      76-71–147

Cheng-Tsung Pan              76-72–148

Jeremy Sanders                 75-73–148

Jonathan Sanders             72-76–148

Cameron Davis                 76-72–148

Scottie Scheffler                73-75–148

Gerrit Chambers                76-73–149

Kevin Murphy                   78-71–149

Antonio Murdaca             78-71–149

Brandon McIver               75-74–149

Ki Taek Lee                        76-73–149

Sam Daley                          76-74–150

Kade McBride                   77-73–150

Simon Viitakangas           74-76–150

Chris Babcock                   72-79–151

Ty Travis                            73-78–151

Li Wang                              73-78–151

Shotaro Ban                       73-78–151

Manav Shah                      77-74–151

Sebastian Crampton        76-75–151

Lorens Chan                      78-73—151

Joe Parkinson                     75-76–151

Jordan Rodgers                  75-76–151

Kevin Lee                           77-74–151

Frank Garber                      79-73–152

Spencer Weiss                    76-76–152

Jordan Zunic                      75-77–152

Alberto Sanchez                77-75–152

Cole Ogden                         75-77–152

Zane Thomas                    77-75–152

Aj McInerney                    74-78–152

Vaughan McCall               75-77–152

Alexander Franklin           77-76–153

Dale Brandt-Richards      76-77–153

Paul Smith                          82-75–157

Thomas Gocke                  77-81–158

Rigel Fernandes                 80-78–158

Cameron Jones                  76-83–159

Curtis Luck                         81-78–159

Joseph Winslow                 85-75–160

Tee-k Kelly                         81-80–161

Justin Keiley                       86-78–164

Jake McRoberts               81-83–164

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