Sahalee Players: Pereira looks to go wire-to-wire
Sammamish, Wash. – Corey Pereira of Cameron
Calif. played just well enough in today’s third
shooting a 2-over par 74, to hold his lead at the
Sahalee Players Championship (SPC), being held
Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Wash.
The championship, with a field of 66 elite male
amateur golfers from around the world, is being
contested over 72 holes of stroke play, with 36
being played the first day, 18 the second, and 18
the third and final day.
Climbing up the leader board in pursuit of Pereira
Curtis Luck of Australia and Jonathan Sanders of
Chatsworth, Calif., both shooting 2-under par 70s
sitting at 4-under par total, three shots behind
There are only 10 players under par after three
Pereira started today’s third round with a 6-shot
and played steady golf for most of the day and
even-par after 13 holes. But he double-bogeyed
par-4 377-yard 14th hole on his way to shooting
backing up to the field and will start tomorrow’s
round with his lead cut in half.
Pereira, who just finished his sophomore year
for the University of Washington men’s golf team,
finished tied for second in last year’s SPC. His
for Sahalee’s tree-lined layout is much different
the typical approach. “I like to play aggressive off
tee here,” he said. “I always hit a lot of drivers
(while other players hit long irons and hybrids).
that’s what held me back today; I just couldn’t
the ball on the planet today off the tee.” Pereira
blistered the course during yesterday’s 36-hole
opening day, firing a 7-under par 65 in the
round, followed by a 2-under 70 in the afternoon.
Courtesy Sahalee Players Championship
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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