Nick Mandell came into the 87th Washington State Amateur hoping to make the cut.
He did that Wednesday and on Thursday he roared up the leaderboard to finish in a tie for second place, with a three-round total of 221. He shot a 1-over par 73 on Thursday at Chambers Bay in University Place.
I was really happy with my finish, the Kennewick native said. I played very, very well today. The weather was brutal. The course was very tough I just kept my head in there and did what I needed to do to pull it out.
Mandell, who graduated from Southridge High earlier this month, shot a 72 in the first round and a 76 in his second round.
I really just wanted to make the cut, Mandell said. On a course Id never seen before and a very tough course at that, I figured if I can make the cut that would be good.
Finishing second today is a very big accomplishment in my book and Im very happy with that.
Olympias Cameron Peck won the title despite shooting a 78 on Thursday. He finished at 216, after firing a pair of 69s in the first two rounds. Mandell tied with Fircrests Ryan Earl.
Moses Lakes Cameron Whittle finished tied for eighth at 227, while Walla Wallas Ryan Baumgart tied for 23rd at 232 and Kennewicks Nick Atkin tied for 32nd at 236.
For Mandell this was just the start of a long summer, where he will play a PNGA Mens Amateur at Bandon Dunes in Oregon, a U.S. Amateur qualifier and multiple other tournaments in the Northwest.
This is a very good start to a busy summer, he said. Im still kind of shocked. Im very pleased with what went down this week. Its a very good sign for the next few tournaments. It gives me some more confidence and shows that I belong with everyone else.
87th Washington State Amateur Championship
Chambers Bay, University Place
7,196 yards, par-72
Cameron Peck, Olympia 69-69-78216
Nick Mandell, Kennewick 72-76-73221
Ryan J Earl, Fircrest 76-71-74221
James Feutz, University Place 74-75-75224
Blake Snyder, Seattle 70-78-77225
Matt Rawitzer, Bellingham 77-72-77226
Kent Hagen, Covington 73-75-78226
Cameron Whittle, Moses Lake 74-72-81227
Tyler Salsbury, Enumclaw 75-80-72227
Jon McCaslin, Olympia 74-77-76227
Tyler Matthews, Bellevue 72-75-81228
Mike Haack, Bellevue 72-80-76228
Bradley Harrelson, Snoqualmie 71-78-80229
Rylee IIacolucci, South Cle Elum 74-77-78229
Frank Garber, Kirkland 76-80-73229
Kyle Schrader, Olympia 78-74-77229
Kevin Stray, Bellingham 74-78-78230
Peter Gullickson, Spokane 73-80-77230
Tyler Carlson, Clarkston 77-78-75230
Dylan Goodwin, Mukilteo 75-75-81231
Jacob Webb, Issaquah 72-75-84231
Joe Harvie, Orting 80-74-77231
Ryan Baumgart, Walla Walla 75-81-76232
Sandy Vaughan, Seattle 74-80-78232
Jack Whealdon, Ilwaco 71-79-82232
Charlie Mroz, Woodinville 77-77-78232
Christopher Hatch, Mukilteo 79-73-81233
Tom Brandes, Bellevue 73-79-82234
Andrew Whalen, Ephrata 76-80-78234
Chris Tedesco, Gig Harbor 78-77-80235
Brandon Agnew, Snohomish 76-75-84235
Keith Crimp, Ellensburg 78-75-83236
Mark Strickland, Mukilteo 77-77-82236
Stephen Lee, Everett 77-79-80236
Ryan Books, Seattle 76-74-86236
Nick Atkin, Kennewick 74-80-82236
Thomas Jun, Federal Way 77-78-82237
Matthew Crockett, Yakima 77-80-80237
Ben Belur, Renton 77-81-79237
Sean McMullen, Kent 77-77-84238
Eric Ansett, Spokane 78-76-84238
Alex Stamey, Mill Creek 77-78-84239
Erik Hanson, Kirkland 73-81-85239
Bjorn Bjorke, Port Orchard 77-82-80239
Chris Babcock, Shoreline 78-77-84239
Riley Hayfield, Kennewick 78-78-83239
Chris Bae, Issaquah 84-73-83240
Brian Barhanovich, Everett 82-77-81240
Jeremy Wendelken, Kirkland 75-82-83240
Kyle Bowser, Danville, Calif. 72-83-85240
Keynan Fanslow, Tacoma 81-74-85240
Kyle Cornett, Mill Creek 78-81-81240
Jake McRoberts, Kirkland 80-76-84240
Garrett Foss, Redmond 76-81-83240
Tye Morrison, Mead 79-80-81240
John Dimmer, Tacoma 74-84-83241
Ben Clement, Olympia 80-79-82241
Kale Dyer, Burien 81-77-85243
Michael Schaloum, Mercer Island 81-76-86243
Colin Guhlke, Davenport 79-79-90248
Jack Tumlinson, Kennewick 77-82-92251
Garrett Howard, Spokane 71-80-DQDQ
Ira Armad, Mountlake Terrace 80-76WD