Tri-City juniors Mandell, McCullough fall in PNGA Jr. playoff

PORT LUDLOW, Wash. -- Kennewick's Nick Mandell and Richland's Drew McCullough narrowly missed qualifying Tuesday for the championship flight of 58th Pacific Northwest Junior Boys' Amateur Championship, falling in a seven-way playoff for the last two spots.

McCullogh carded one of the day's best rounds with a 2-under 70 for a two-round total of 150. Mandell shot 73 to also finish at 6-over 150.

The playoff began Port Ludlow Golf Club's par-4 No. 1 and included Eric Ansett of Spokane, Adam Barker of Gig Harbor, Blake Netter of Canby, Ore., Chris Chrisologo of Richmond, British Columbia, and Hunter Ostrom of Eagle, Idaho.

Ostrom claimed the first spot with the only birdie made on the first hole.

On the third hole, Chrisologo made the lone birdie to secure the final spot into the championship flight. That sets up a round of 32 match-up with the No. 1 seed, Brett Manke of Lakewood, who took medalist honors with consecutive rounds of 1-under 71.

Ryan Baumgart of Walla Walla finished in a tie for 45 with rounds of 79-74 for a total of 153.

The round of 32 commences at 7:30 a.m. today, with the championship flight teeing off first.

Manke was the only player in the field to shoot under par in each of the two rounds, an impressive feat considering Port Ludlow Golf Club played to a stroke average of 79.29.

"I don't hit it very far so the short course helps me," Manke said. "But it's narrow and I hit it straight."