Pereira birdies his way to 6-shot lead at Sahalee Players Amateur
SAMMAMISH — University of Washington golfer Corey Pereira has a six stroke lead at the Sahalee Players Championship's halfway point.
With players going 36-holes in the long Seattle area daylight, Pereira opened with a 1-under 35 on the front nine, then lit up the back in 30 strokes thanks to back-to-back birdies at 10 and 11, 13 and 14, one more at No. 16, and a closing birdie at the par-5 18th.
And Sahalee CC is no pushover -- the 6962 yard course with towering evergreens lining the fairways has hosted the PGA Championship.
Pereira shot 70 on his second 18, posting five birdies (three of them on par 5s) against three bogeys.
Last summer, Pereira won the Pacific Coast Amateur in Arizona with back-to-back 62s in the final rounds.
He will be tough to catch, but several players are within reach including Charles Kern (73-68=141) of Mercer Island, Cheng Jin (70-71=141) of China and John Oda (71-70=141) of Hawaii.
The second round will be played Tuesday; the tournament concludes on Wednesday.
ABOUT THE Sahalee Players Championship
Inaugurated in 1992, the Sahalee Players
Championship (SPC) at its inception strove to
showcase the best amateur golfers in the Pacific
Northwest. Past champions include Kyle Stanley,
Casey Martin, Peter Uihlein, Nick Taylor, Daniel
Summerhays, Ryan Moore, Chris Williams, Arron
Oberholser and Jason Gore. In addition to the
Sahalee Players Championship, the Ted Robinson-
designed course has also tested the world’s best
it hosted the 2010 U.S. Senior Open, which was won
by Bernhard Langer; the 1998 PGA Championship,
by Vijay Singh and the 2002 World Golf
Championships-NEC Invitational, won by Craig Parry.
The course opened for play in the late 1960s. The
name Sahalee -- "High Heavenly Ground"
in the language of the native Chinook -- was chosen
to reflect the Northwest's heritage and tradition.
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