Overcoming a slow start, Olympia’s Cameron Peck still comfortably qualified for match play at the 88th U.S. Amateur Public Links golf tournament in Lorton, Va.
Starting 5-over through five holes, the Timberline High School graduate rallied with four birdies over his final 12 holes Tuesday to finish off a 1-over-par 71 round at Laurel Hill Golf Club.
Peck (1-under 139) will be the No. 14 seed for match play. He opens with Florida’s Zachary Moore in the first round Wednesday. Canadian Garrett Rank (8-under 132) is the top seed overall.
Auburn’s Sean Packer got hot early, making birdies on his first three holes to get to 1 over for the tournament, and well within the cut line. But on the long par-4 fifth hole, he hit his approach shot in the hay outlining a front greenside bunker, which led to a triple bogey.
Packer bogeyed the seventh and eighth holes en route to a 75. He finished with a two-round total of 9-over 149, tying for 96th.
PRINCE IS MEDALIST AT PNGA WOMEN’S AM
Kendall Prince, of Corvallis, Ore., backed up her course-record 67 with a 1-over 73 on Tuesday at the 112th Pacific Northwest Women’s Amateur in Walla Walla.
At 4-under 140, Prince is still the top seed for match play at Wine Valley Golf Club.
The only golfers to post under-par rounds Tuesday to make match play were a pair of recent high school graduates — Monica Vaughn (71) of Reedsport, Ore., and Bellarmine Prep’s Jordan Ferreira (71).
AHO ALONE UNDER PAR AT NW WOMEN’S OPEN
Lindsay Aho, of Brush Prairie, shot a 2-under 70 on Tuesday in the first round of the Pepsi Northwest Women’s Open at Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club in Federal Way.
The former NAIA All-American from Concordia University in Portland holds a three-stroke lead over Kitty Robyn, of Imperial Beach, Calif., and Jasi Acharya, of Columbus, Mont.
The leaders tee off for the final round at 10 a.m. Wednesday.