Extremely windy conditions hampered the first round of the 112th PNGA Mens Amateur Championship, being played at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore.
That didnt stop Kennewicks Nick Mandell, who fired a 73 on the first day to put him in fourth place.
Mukilteos Mark Strickland scored a 1-under par 69 at the Bandon Trails course to lead an elite field of 168 amateurs in the first round of stroke play.
Strickland, a sophomore on the Western Washington University golf team, survived conditions that included 25-30 mph winds with gusts up to 40-50 mph.
Kennewicks Riley Hayfield and Daniel Cruzen are both tied for 14th with 75s.
Other Mid-Columbians include Richlands Scott Kim with an 80; Richlands Tanner Martin with an 84; Walla Wallas Ryan Baumgart with an 85; Richlands Minwoo Park with an 86; Walla Wallas Mason Palmer with an 89; Richlands Josh Harvey with a 95; and Richlands Jeff Marcum was disqualified.
The tournament continues today.