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Portland, Ore. (Sept. 12, 2012) – After two rounds in difficult conditions, Bill Winter of Portland, Ore. holds a slim one stroke lead over Tom Brandes of Bellevue, Wash. heading into the final round of the 28th Pacific Northwest Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship, as Columbia Edgewater Country Club in Portland, Ore. continues to provide a formidable challenge for this year’s field.

Winter, a local favorite and member of Columbia Edgewater Country Club, entered the second round trailing Brandes, the first round leader, by two strokes, and dropped another shot right out of the gate when he bogeyed the par-5 first hole. After five pars and a bogey on the seventh hole, Winter birdied the eighth hole to move to 5-over-par for the championship, and made the turn one stroke off the lead, with the difficult back nine to follow.

While several of the leaders struggled down the stretch, Winter was able to grind out an even- par 35 on the back nine that included two birdies to counter two bogeys and finished at 5- over-par 147. The final birdie, on the par-4 18th hole, came when he chipped in from the fringe near the back left corner of the green. It proved to be an important shot, as it gave him the outright lead over Brandes, who posted a 4- over-par 75 for his second round to finish at 6- over-par 148 for the championship.

Brad Karns of Vancouver, Wash. also posted a 4-over-par 75 on Wednesday to place himself squarely in contention, two strokes off the lead. The low round of the championship came from Jay Poletiek of Portland, Ore., who vaulted into a tie for 4th place with an even-par 71, becoming the first player to post a score of even-par or better. The championship is up for grabs at this point, as 10 players are within six strokes of the lead entering Thursday’s final round. The field was cut from 100 players to the low 60 scores and ties for the final round. In all, 62 players made the final cut, which finished at 23-over-par 165. The final round commences Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m.

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