Mandell shines at men's amateur golf tourney

June 18, 2013 

Recent Southridge High School graduate Nick Mandell fired an even-par 72 on Tuesday to sit in a tie for sixth place after the first round of the Washington State Men’s Amateur golf tournament at Chambers Bay in University Place.

Olympia’s Cameron Peck leads after one round with a 69.

Mandell, playing in his first competitive round at the site of the 2015 U.S. Open, said he could have been right with Peck if he had played better.

“I could have shot a 68,” he said. “It’s a tough course. I played really well on the tough holes, and I played bad on the easier holes.”

Mandell was 2-under at the turn.

“That’s what killed me,” he said. “I started thinking about my score. And on 10, I sliced one out there. But I just hung in there the rest of the way.”

Former Southridge standout Nick Atkin sits in 15th after a 74, as does Moses Lake’s Cameron Whittle.

Walla Walla’s Ryan Baumgart is 24th with a 75; while former Columbia Basin College standout Dan Whitaker and Kennewick’s Jack Tumlinson have 77s and are in 38th.

Kamiakin grad Riley Hayfield is 51st with a 78; Pasco’s Samson Martinez fired an 84, as did Richland’s Jeffrey Marcum; Richland’s Dana Kain had an 85; Richland’s Tom DeForest had an 87; and Hanford High grad Tanner Martin was disqualified after reporting the wrong score.

“On hole No. 11, I got a 5, but the scorecard said 4,” said Martin, who finished with a 76. “I didn’t realize until it was too late. I signed for a 75 but really had a 76.”

After the round, Martin called the tournament director and turned himself in.

“He said ‘Thanks for being honest,’” said Martin. “I couldn’t play tomorrow with that on my shoulders. It’s all my fault.”

The tournament continues today with 18 more holes of stroke play. After that, the top 60 and ties advance to Thursday’s final round.

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