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Yun Sets Pace at Sahalee Championship


Andrew Yun followed up his 5-under 67 in the morning with a 1-under 71 in the afternoon to take the lead at the midway point of the Sahalee Players Championship. The 20th version of the event began Monday at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Wash.

Yun, a graduating senior at Stanford University who was the 2012 Pac-12 Conference's individual champion, had seven birdies in the morning and, when the temperatures reached into the low-90s later in the day, he hung in there to maintain the lead.

"It was definitely a long day," said Yun of the championship's 36-hole opening day. "I had my putter going this morning and took advantage (of the cooler temperatures)."

Yun played in the tournament last year, finishing in a tie for 16th, and was a recent Walker Cup practice session invitee. "My game is different this year. On this course you have to be really consistent and keep the ball in play, and that's what I tried to do today."

Jack Perry of Santa Barbara is in second, one shot behind Yun. Adam Svensson of Surrey, B.C., is two shots back and tied for third with Bo Andrews of Raleigh, N.C. Svensson was this year's recipient of the Phil Mickelson Award as the outstanding freshman in NCAA Division II men's golf. Zac Blair, the 2011 runner-up, is three shots behind Yun.

While Yun had the best score in the morning round, Kevin Carrigan of Victoria, B.C., matched that 67 in the afternoon to vault up the leaderboard into a tie for eighth.

Ben Geyer, the West Coast Conference Co-Player of the Year as a senior at Saint Mary's College in Calif., is in 16th place. Geyer lost in a three-way playoff in last year's championship.

The tournament is contested over 72 holes of stroke play. The first tee time for Tuesday's third round is at noon, with the leaders teeing off at 3:30.

For more information about the Sahalee Players Championship, including third-round pairings and live scoring, visit www.sahaleeplayerschampionship.com.

The above report is courtesy of the Pacific Northwest Golf Association. For more information, visit www.thepnga.org.