Home cooking helps Haack to Open lead

News servicesMay 20, 2014 

Any time he wants, Michael Haack can look outside his window at work and see most of the curling fairways of Meridian Valley Country Club in Kent.

He is the club’s full-time bartender.

And he also happens to be one of the best amateur golfers in Washington state.

Haack, of Bellevue, blitzed his home course for an 8-under-par 64, highlighted by a holeout eagle-2 at the eighth hole, to grab a three-stroke lead after the first round of the 88th Washington Open Invitational.

Haack, a former Class 3A state champion from Newport of Bellevue, went bogey-free with six birdies and one eagle. He finished his last three holes in 4 under.

Sharing second place at 67 were three club professionals – Ronnie Espedal, of Ocean Shores Golf Club, Darren Black, of Rainier Golf and Country Club, and Shane Prante of Tom’s Golf Center.

Emerald Ridge High School product Derek Barron, a teaching instructor at Tacoma Firs, is tied for fifth at 68 with Linden Golf and Country Club’s Ben Nelson.

Defending champion Chris Griffin, out of Tacoma Country and Golf Club, is tied for 69th after a 3-over 75.

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