July 2,2014(ISN) – Sammamish, Wash. (VIGolf.ca) – Mark Anguiano of Whittier, Calif., poured it on early in today’s final round to pull away from the field in winning the 21st Sahalee Players Championship (SPC), held at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Wash.
Anguiano, 21, had started today’s final round with a one-shot lead over Kurt Kitayama, the senior-to-be at UNLV, but immediately separated himself from the field with birdies on three of the first four holes.
“I didn’t want to play defensively,” said Anguiano. “So I couldn’t have asked for a better start.” After the front nine, he had built himself a five-shot lead.
Mark Anguiano holding the winning trophies
“This is by far the biggest win of my career,” said Anguiano, who had just completed four years playing for Cal-State Fullerton and had recently won his collegiate invitational by 10 shots. “I played in the U.S. Amateur last year. I didn’t make it into match play for that, but that event really taught me what hard, competitive golf was, and what I needed to do to play it.”
His new-found toughness showed on today’s back nine. Paired with Corey Pereira, the sophomore-to-be at the University of Washington, and Kitayama, Anguiano bogeyed holes 14 and 15, and then put his tee shot into a fairway bunker on 16 and found himself staring at a downhill 25-foot putt to try to save par. Meanwhile, Pereira, who had been firing at flags all day trying to play catch-up but could not get any putts to fall, had a straight 8-foot birdie try. Anguiano’s putt, made even faster in the sun-baked afternoon, inched its way toward the cup and fell for a tournament-saving par. And Pereira’s birdie try slid by.
“Yeah, that was the tournament right there,” admitted Anguiano. “If I miss and Corey makes, suddenly my lead is down to one.” On the next hole, a 198-yard downhill par-3, Anguiano sank a 55-foot birdie putt to put an exclamation point on his win.
Pereira didn’t go down without a fight. He birdied the par-4 10th, and missed short birdie putts on holes 11, 12, 13, 14 and 16, then birdied the par-5 18th to tie Kitayama for second place.
This was Anguiano’s first time playing in the SPC. “The greens here are exactly like the greens at home (at Friendly Hills Country Club in Whittier), so I felt really comfortable around the greens all week.”
Anguiano intends to turn professional after this summer’s U.S. Amateur in August.
Hans Reimers, the Mercer University senior from Lake Oswego, Ore., was awarded the championship’s Rick Acton Award for being the low score for PNGA territory. Reimers, who won the 2013 Oregon Open and finished runner-up in the 2013 Pacific Northwest Men’s Amateur, tied for sixth overall.
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 was 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.)
Mark Anguiano 71-69-69-71–280
Corey Pereira 70-75-69-70–284
Kurt Kitayama 74-68-68-74–284
James Beale 70-72-72-71–285
Tae Koh 78-68-69-71–286
Hans Reimers 72-72-74-69–287
Byron Meth 70-70-74-73–287
Xander Schauffele 71-74-77-66–288
Cameron Davis 76-72-70-71–289
Cheng-Tsung Pan 76-72-72-71–291
Kevin Carrigan 73-72-72-74–291
Owen Taylor 73-68-74-76–291
Lorens Chan 78-73-74-67–292
Eli Cole 74-72-74-72–292
Charles Kern 72-71-77-72–292
Carl Jonson 73-70-73-76–292
Matt Hansen 72-73-76-72–293
Jay Hwang 72-68-77-76–293
Shotaro Ban 73-78-69-74–294
Cory Crawford 72-72-75-75–294
Jonathan Woo 71-73-74-76–294
Keelan Kilpatrick 75-70-72-77–294
Scottie Scheffler 73-75-74-73–295
Thomas Lim 76-71-72-76–295
Jarryd Felton 71-75-73-77–296
Li Wang 73-78-73-73–297
Frank Garber 79-73-73-73–298
Brandon McIver 75-74-77-72–298
Aaron Wilkin 70-71-79-78–298
Ki Taek Lee 76-73-76-73–298
Manav Shah 77-74-73-74–298
Joe Parkinson 75-76-75-73–299
Bryson Dechambeau 72-73-75-79–299
Kevin Murphy 78-71-75-76–300
Sebastian Crampton 76-75-77-72–300
Kade McBride 77-73-75-75–300
Zane Thomas 77-75-74-75–301
Simon Viitakangas 74-76-77-74–301
Antonio Murdaca 78-71-76-77–302
Aj McInerney 74-78-75-75–302
Jeremy Sanders 75-73-82-73–303
Chris Babcock 72-79-76-76–303
Alexander Franklin 77-76-76-74–303
Kevin Kwon 71-74-81-77–303
Curtis Luck 81-78-75-70–304
Jonathan Sanders 72-76-83-73—304
Jordan Zunic 75-77-76-76–304
Kevin Lee 77-74-77-76–304
Spencer Weiss 76-76-77-75–304
Jordan Rodgers 75-76-76-77–304
Ty Travis 73-78-76-78–305
Sam Daley 76-74-78-78–306
Mike Haack 69-78-82-78–307
Rigel Fernandes 80-78-78-71–307
Vaughan McCall 75-77-76-79–307
Brett Walker 76-70-73-88–307
Dale Brandt-Richards 76-77-82-74–309
Gerrit Chambers 76-73-82-78–309
Joseph Winslow 85-75-78-73–311
Cole Ogden 75-77-82-77–311
Alberto Sanchez 77-75-81-79–312
Thomas Gocke 77-81-77-79–314
Justin Keiley 86-78-77-74–315
Tee-k Kelly 81-80-78-78–317
Paul Smith 82-75-77-84–318
Cameron Jones 76-83-78-83–320
Jake McRoberts 81-83-84-76–324