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Brandt-Richards Earns Medalist Honors at 113th Pacific Northwest Men's Amateur
Dale Brandt-Richards of Sydney, Australia, followed up an impressive first-round 6-under 64 with a 67 at Palouse Ridge Golf Club to claim medalist honors in the stroke-play qualifying rounds of the 113th Pacific Northwest Men's Amateur.
The field is now comprised of the top 64 players heading into single-elimination match play. Brandt-Richards is the No. 1 seed heading into the match-play portion of the competition, which starts Tuesday at 7:30 a.m., in Pullman, Wash.
Over 36 holes Brandt-Richards made just one bogey - the par-5 10th, his first hole of the week - on the par-70, 7,154-yard course. After his opening bogey, he birdied six of the next 10 holes.
"I've just been trying to make heaps of pars," Brandt-Richards said. "I just want to get the ball on the green, and a few have been dropping for me."
More than a few have dropped for Brandt-Richards, who recorded 10 birdies. He attributed Palouse Ridge's design to feeling comfortable so far from home.
"This course is pretty similar to some of the sand-built courses down in Melbourne," he said. "I really like playing courses where you can hit it long and carry the bunkers off the tee. And I like putting on quick greens, so this feels like home."
Brandt-Richards is hoping to continue his fine play. "At the start of the week I just wanted to qualify for the match play, so that was my first goal," he noted. "That's over now, and it all starts again in match play, though."
Hans Reimers of Lake Oswego, Ore., chased to Brandt-Richards in Monday's second round, eagling his first hole followed by birdies on two of the next four. He finished Day 2 with a 3-under-par 67, two behind the medalist. Reimers was runner-up in the tournament last year, losing to champion Cameron Peck in the final match.
Frank Garber of Kirkland, Wash., made a big run in the second round to tie Reimers at 7-under. Garber, the 2013 Pacific Northwest Junior Boys' Player of the Year, posted a 4-under 31 on the front nine and tacked on four more birdies on the home half en route to a 7-under 63, the low round of the championship.
Past champions of the Pacific Northwest Men's Amateur Championship include Tiger Woods, Jeff Quinney, Ben Crane, Jeff Coston, Nick Flanagan, Jim McLean and PNGA Hall of Famers Chandler Egan, Harry Givan, Jack Westland, Bud Ward and George Holland, among others. After winning the 1994 championship, Woods said, "The PNGA Men's Amateur will always be very special to me since it's my first men's amateur victory."
The above report is courtesy of the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA). For the match play bracket, tee times and live scoring, visit www.thepnga.org.