Picking up where he left off, Olympia’s Cameron Peck is near the top of the leaderboard at the 88th U.S. Amateur Public Links in Lorton, Va.
Peck, who won the Pacific Northwest Men’s Amateur last week, shot a 2-under-par 68 at Laurel Hill Golf Club and is tied for seventh after the first day of stroke play.
The Timberline High School graduate had six birdies and four bogeys, including a finishing birdie at the par-5 ninth to trail leader Eric Sugimoto of San Diego, who shot 63 and has a two-stroke lead on the field.
Lurking right outside the cut line for match play is Auburn’s Sean Packer, who rallied to shoot 74 and is tied for 83rd.
Sitting at 6-over, Packer rolled in a 15-foot putt for birdie at the seventh hole, then finished his round getting up and down from in front of the green at No. 9 for another birdie, making a 4-footer.
Prince sets pace at PNGA Women’s Am: Kendall Prince, a Corvallis product who just completed her first season at the University of Arizona, fired a women’s course record in the first round of the 112th Pacific Northwest Women’s Amateur.
Prince shot a 5-under 67 at Wine Valley Golf Club in Walla Walla and holds a five-shot edge over four golfers, including Spokane’s Chessey Thomas (72).
Prince made five birdies and an eagle at No. 3.
Top local finishers are Seattle University-bound Jamie Huo (74) of Kent, and recent Bellarmine Prep graduate Jordan Ferreira (76).