Kennewick’s Daniel Cruzen shot a 5-uner par 67 on Wednesday to take madalist honors at the East qualifier for the 88th Washington State Men’s Amateur Championship at Wine Valley Golf Course in Walla Walla.
Cruzen tops the field of 26 golfers who advance to the championship, which will be held at Wine Valley on Aug. 5-7.
Cruzen’s round included four birdies, as well as a hole-in-one on the difficult uphill par-3 eighth hole, playing at 202 yards.
Also qualifying for the championship are Cole Lorenzo of Richland (T2nd, 71), Kevin Michelson and Michael Ciez of Walla Walla, who tied for fifth with a 73, Ryan Anderson, Jeffery Marcum and Chris Sonnichsen of Richland, who all shot 76, Drew McCullough of Richland, Ryan Baumgart of Walla Walla and David Vonghalath of Kennewick, who all shot 77, and Jason Laughery of Kennewick, who had a 78.
The West qualifier will be held today on the Olympic course at Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton.
Past champions of the Washington State Men’s Amateur include Fred Couples, Alex Prugh, Brock Mackenzie, Kermit Zarley, John Bodenhamer, and PNGA Hall of Famers Al Mengert, Bud Ward, Jack Westland and Harry Givan.
Cal Ripken 12s (70 foot): Meridian got out to an early lead and Kennewick National couldn’t keep pace as it lost 13-6 in its opening game at the Pacific Northwest Regional Tournament in Meridian, Idaho.
Nicholas Lindholm hit a double and drove in two runs for Kennewick, while Gavin Ayers scored twice.
Ayers, Kyle Marboe and Jeremiah Kennell all pitched for KN.
Kennewick will play West Linn at 11 a.m. today.
Meridian 511 303 — 13 12 3
Kennewick National 200 004 — 6 3 3
Highlights—Vega (M) 3x4, RBI; Guerrero (M) 3x3, 2 RBIs; McGuire (M) 2x3, 3 RBIs; Ranstrom (M) 3 RBIs; Jeremiah Kennell (K) 2x3, 2B; Gavin Ayers (K) 2R; Nicholas Lindholm (K) 2B, 2 RBIs; Kyle Marboe (K) RBI.
Cal Ripken 11s: Kennewick American split its first two games at the Pacific Northwest Regional Tournament in Meridian, Idaho, dropping a 5-2 game to West Linn, then rallied to beat Willamette Valley 3-2.
Against West Linn, Bodie Mamiya hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning to tie the score at 2-2, but KA failed to score again, leaving 11 runners stranded on base.
Caleb Stevenson went 2-for-2, while Eden Blanco threw five innings.
Kennewick trailed Willamette Valley 2-0 going into the bottom of the sixth inning, but manage to scrape together three runs for the win.
Stevenson and Hayden Gardner hit back-to-back singles, Jackson Lind had an RBI single, and Taz Thomas finished things off with a game-winning two-run double.
Ty Messner threw a complete game, three-hitter, while left fielder Zeke Walter made a couple of diving catches to keep runs off the board.
KA will play British Columbia at 4 p.m. today.