Carl Underwood shook off a rough finish to the front nine to stay well within the cut line at the Pacific Northwest Golf Association Junior Boys Amateur Championship on Tuesday at The Home Course in DuPont.
After birdieing the eighth and ninth on the first day of the championship, the Richland High School senior double-bogeyed the par-5 eighth and triple-bogeyed the par-4 ninth in the second round. Underwood recovered gracefully by shooting a 34 on the back to card a 2-over 74 on the day to finish stroke play tied for sixth at 1-over.
On Wednesday, the top 32 players will begin a single-elimination match play tournament.
After a 14-over 86 in the first round put him well out of contention, Walla Walla High School junior Alex Johanson finished his tournament well by shooting even par, which tied for the seventh best round of the day. Johanson’s 14-over total put him in a tie for 62nd.
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In the girls’ tournament, Southridge High School junior Samantha Hui survived a triple bogey on the par-5 fifth to card an 8-over 80 and finish stoke play right on the 13-over cut line. Hui will face Montgomery Ferreira from University Place in the first round of the 16-player match play tournament at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday. Ferreira finished stroke play in third place after shooting even par through 36 holes.
Alexa Clark, a senior at Kamiakin High School, continued her steady play with an 8-over 80 but finished two strokes outside the cut line at 15-over.
NORTHWEST OPEN: Drew McCollough got out to a fast start to stay near the top of the Northwest Open leaderboard Tuesday at Wine Valley Golf Club.
The former Richland High School standout — now a junior at the University of Wyoming — shot 3-under 69 in the second round of the PGA’s Pacific Northwest sectional tournament to move to 9-under overall and stay in a tie for second with 18 holes to go.
Walla Walla Country Club’s Brady Sharp carded his second consecutive 3-under round to begin the tournament and ended the day alone in sixth.
Brian Thornton, Meridian Valley Country Club’s teaching professional, shot a bogey-free 62 to take the 36-hole lead at 13-under.