SUNRIVER, Ore. (Sept. 19, 2012) -- Playing on the Woodlands Course at Sunriver Resort, Larry Gilhuly and Jim McNelis, both from Gig Harbor, Wash., fired a 7-under-par 65 in the best-ball format to take a one stroke lead after the first round of the 30th Pacific Northwest Men’s Senior Team Championship.
The duo used eight birdies, including five on the front nine, to surge into the lead. The only blemish on their round was a bogey at the par-4 eighth hole, but they responded with a birdie on the next hole to make the turn at 4-under-par 32. After three straight pars on the back, they made it to 5-under-par with a birdie on the 13th hole, then completed their birdie barrage with back-to-back birdies on 16 and 17 for a 3-under-par-33 on the back nine. The 65 puts them one stroke clear of John Gallacher of Burnaby, B.C. and Gudmund Lindbjerg of Port Moody, B.C., who posted a bogey-free 6-under-par 66 to sit alone in second place after the first round.
Gallacher and Lindbjerg had six birdies of their own, three each on the front and back nine. Four straight pars on holes 15-18 kept them from tying or overtaking Gilhuly and McNelis. Sitting only two strokes off the pace are the team of Paul Houvener of Bothell, Wash. and Rob Matson of Wenatchee, Wash. and the team of Erik Jensen and Greg Walsh, both from Bend, Ore.
The championship remains wide open, as 14 teams sit within three shots of the lead. The second round will be played in a Chapman Format and will take place at the Meadows Course at Sunriver Resort, beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday morning.
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