Bayley and Fitzpatrick Match 67s at Washington State Am
Derek Bayley (L) and Sean Fitzpatrick (R)<br>(WSGA photo)
Derek Bayley (L) and Sean Fitzpatrick (R)
(WSGA photo)

CLE ELUM, WA (Augist 8, 2017) - Derek Bayley of Rathdrum, Idaho and Sean Fitzpatrick of Mill Creek, Wash. each shot 5-under 67 to share the top spot after round one of the 91st Washington State Men’s Amateur, being held at Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum, Wash.

Bayley, a rising senior on the Washington State University men’s golf team, had reached 6-under, but bogeyed the par-3 17th. He is no stranger to low numbers, having shot a 59 in winning last year’s Rosauers Invitational, competing against the region’s PGA professionals.

In last year’s championship, Bayley lost in a marathon 6-hole playoff, and is seeking to close the deal this year. Last month he finished runner-up in the PNGA Men’s Amateur.

In the 120-player field, only 16 players broke par on the Peter Jacobsen/Hardy-designed Rope Rider course.

A few of the players just behind Bayley and Fitzpatrick are Gabe Spach of Seattle, the 2016 PNGA Junior Boys’ Amateur champion, who shot 3-under 69; and Drew McCullough of Richland, Wash., the University of Wyoming senior who earlier this year won the Washington Open, playing against the region’s professionals, who shot 2-under 70.

Also shooting 2-under 70 is Joe Highsmith of Lakewood, Wash., the Bellarmine Prep senior and 2016 WSGA Junior Boys’ Player of the Year who finished one shot out of last year’s playoff. This spring, Highsmith won the individual (and team) WIAA 4A High School State Championship, and also qualified for the 2017 U.S. Junior Amateur, where he made it to the Round of 32 before losing to eventual champion Noah Goodwin.

Four shots back of the leaders, at 1-under 71, is Reid Hatley of Hayden Lake, Idaho, the 2015 and 2016 WSGA Men’s Mid-Amateur Player of the Year, who qualified for the 2017 U.S. Amateur to be held later in August at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Today’s first round was held on the resort’s Rope Rider course. The championship is being conducted by the Washington State Golf Association (WSGA).

The championship consists of 54 holes of stroke play, and the field will be cut to the low 60 players and ties after 36 holes.

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54-hole Individual Stroke Play (Gross only). Cut to low 60 players and ties after 36 holes. Must be a member of a WSGA member club.

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