Anguiano on top at Sahalee after third round

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Mark Anguiano

Sammamish, Wash. (VIGolf.ca) – Mark Anguiano of Whittier, Calif., who began the day tied for the lead, shot a second-consecutive 3-under par 69 to seize the lead outright after three rounds at the 21st Sahalee Players Championship, being held at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Wash.

Mark Anguiano, leader after day 2 of the 21st Sahalee Players Championship

In temperatures that hit the low 90s, Anguiano, playing in the final group, was the only one of his playing partners to put together a solid round. He has shot all three rounds under par. He just completed four years playing at Cal-State Fullerton, where he recently won his school’s collegiate championship by 10 shots. “This is my first time (here at Sahalee),” he said. “I hit a pretty straight ball in general, so the course fits my game.” He said he’ll be turning professional in August, and will try his hand at Qualifying School in the fall.

Anguiano had started the day tied at 4-under par with Jay Hwang of Fullerton, Calif. and Byron Meth of San Diego. Meth shot a 2-over par 74, and is now tied for third, while Hwang is tied for ninth after ballooning to a 5-over par 77.

Climbing hard up the leaderboard is Kurt Kitayama, a senior-to-be at UNLV, who shot a 4-under 68 and sits alone in second place, one shot behind Anguiano, and the two of them are threatening to make this a two-horse race in tomorrow’s final round. Playing with them in tomorrow’s final group will be Corey Pereira, who will be a sophomore at the University of Washington. Pereira made it into the final group by eagling the par-5 18th hole, after making a double-bogey five on the par-3 17th.

Kurt Kitayama, one shot back of the lead

Of 68 players who began the championship, only seven have navigated Sahalee’s famed tree-lined fairways to post scores under par.

The first tee time for tomorrow’s final round will be at 8:00 a.m., with the leaders teeing off at 11:40.

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

The comeback story so far is that of Tae Koh of Auckland, New Zealand. After stumbling to a 6-over par 78 in the first round, he has stormed back with solid rounds of 68 and 69 and now sits at a combined 1-under par, tied for sixth going into tomorrow’s final round. After 10 holes in the first round he was eight over par, and in the 44 holes since then he has gone 9-under par. “I’m pretty delighted with my comeback so far,” he said, in an understatement. Koh is the reigning Australian Amateur champion.

The SPC consistently fields the top amateur golfers from around the world, and is ranked the 21stamateur 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.

Leaderboard after day three:

Mark Anguiano                                 71-69-69–209

Kurt Kitayama                                  74-68-68–210

Corey Pereira                                     70-75-69–214

James Beale                                       70-72-72–214

Byron Meth                                        70-70-74–214

Tae Koh                                              78-68-69–215

Owen Taylor                                      73-68-74–215

Carl Jonson                                        73-70-73–216

Kevin Carrigan                                  73-72-72–217

Jay Hwang                                         72-68-77–217

Keelan Kilpatrick                              75-70-72–217

Hans Reimers                                    72-72-74–218

Jonathan Woo                                   71-73-74–218

Cameron Davis                                 76-72-70–218

Jarryd Felton                                      71-75-73–219

Brett Walker                                       76-70-73–219

Thomas Lim                                      76-71-72–219

Cory Crawford                                  72-72-75–219

Eli Cole                                                74-72-74–220

Cheng-Tsung Pan                              76-72-72–220

Shotaro Ban                                       73-78-69–220

Bryson Dechambeau                       72-73-75–220

Aaron Wilkin                                      70-71-79–220

Charles Kern                                      72-71-77–220

Matt Hansen                                      72-73-76–221

Xander Schauffele                            71-74-77–222

Scottie Scheffler                                73-75-74–222

Li Wang                                              73-78-73–224

Kevin Murphy                                   78-71-75–224

Manav Shah                                      77-74-73–224

Frank Garber                                      79-73-73–225

Lorens Chan                                      78-73-74–225

Antonio Murdaca                             78-71-76–225

Kade McBride                                   77-73-75–225

Ki Taek Lee                                        76-73-76–225

Joe Parkinson                                     75-76-75–226

Zane Thomas                                    77-75-74–226

Kevin Kwon                                       71-74-81–226

Brandon McIver                               75-74-77–226

Chris Babcock                                   72-79-76–227

Ty Travis                                            73-78-76–227

Jordan Rodgers                                  75-76-76–227

Aj McInerney                                    74-78-75–227

Simon Viitakangas                           74-76-77–227

Sebastian Crampton                        76-75-77–228

Jordan Zunic                                      75-77-76—228

Kevin Lee                                           77-74-77–228

Sam Daley                                          76-74-78–228

Vaughan McCall                               75-77-76–228

Mike Haack                                       69-78-82–229

Spencer Weiss                                    76-76-77–229

Alexander Franklin                           77-76-76–229

Jeremy Sanders                                 75-73-82–230

Gerrit Chambers                                76-73-82–231

Jonathan Sanders                             72-76-83–231

Alberto Sanchez                                77-75-81–233

Cole Ogden                                         75-77-82–234

Curtis Luck                                         81-78-75–234

Paul Smith                                          82-75-77–234

Thomas Gocke                                  77-81-77–235

Dale Brandt-Richards                      76-77-82–235

Rigel Fernandes                                 80-78-78–236

Cameron Jones                                  76-83-78–237

Joseph Winslow                                 85-75-78–238

Tee-k Kelly                                         81-80-78–239

Justin Keiley                                      86-78-77–241

Jake McRoberts                                 81-83-84–248

Ryan Tetrault                                    73-72-DQ–DQ

 

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