Quartet of pros tops Northwest Invite

Michael Ciez fires into down the fairway on the first tee during Monday morning's first round of the Northwest Open Invitational at Wine Valley Golf Course.

Michael Ciez fires into down the fairway on the first tee during Monday morning's first round of the Northwest Open Invitational at Wine Valley Golf Course. Photo by Jeff Horner.

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WALLA WALLA — Four PGA professionals are tied for the lead after the first round of the Northwest Open Invitational at Wine Valley Golf Club Monday.

Mike Kasch of Pasco Golfland in Pasco, Corey Prugh of Manito Golf and Country Club in Spokane, Casey McCoy of Airport Golf Center in Tumwater, Wash., and Luke Bennett of Lake Padden Golf Course in Bellingham, all carded 5-under-par 67 to hold the lead.

Five players, including defending champion Brandon Kearney of Bend Golf and Country Club in Bend, sit one shot back at 68.

Bennett had the shot of the day, holing out for an eagle on the 430-yard par-4 ninth hole.

Brady Sharp from Walla Walla Country Club and amateur Cole Sajonia from Veterans Memorial Golf Course led local golfers with a 1-under 71s on Monday.

Amateur Mike Ciez from Veterans Memorial was a shot back at 72, and Wine Valley amateur Mason Palmer turned a 2-over 74.

Ryan Baumgart, an amateur golfing out of Wine Valley, carded a 3-over 75, and Wine Valley pro John Thorsnes an 81.

Wine Valley’s Tim Hinger rounded out the Walla Walla Valley contingent at 85.

The second round commenced this morning, with the final round Wednesday.

Northwest Open Invitational

at Wine Valley Golf Club

Monday

Mike Kasch, Pasco Golfland 67

Corey Prugh, Manito G&CC 67

Casey McCoy, Airport Golf Center 67

Luke Bennett, Lake Padden GC 67

Shane Prante, Tom’s Golf Center 68

Matt Cowell, Lake Padden GC 68

Brian Thornton, Meridan Valley CC 68

Drew McCullough (a), Meadow Springs CC 68

Brandon Kerney, Bend G&CC 68

Ryan Benzel, Pro Golf Discount (Lynnwood) 69

Matt Rawitzer (a), Bellingham G&CC 69

Aaron Whalen (a), Lakeview G&CC 69

Bryan Stevens, Bear Creek CC 69

Brian Nosier, Vanco Driving Range 69

Brian Barhanovich (a), Everett G&CC 70

Jay Poletiek (a), Riverside G&CC 70

Dan Whitaker (a), Ellensburg G&CC 70

Chris Griffin, Tacoma G&CC 70

Jeff Neeley (a), Harbour Pointe GC 70

Todd Pence, The Fairways GC 70

Jeff Ward (a), Bend G&CC 70

Chuck Milne, Vanco Driving Range 71

Greg Manley, Meridian Valley CC 71

Ryan Malby, Iron Horse GC 71

Derek Siesser, The Creek at Qualchan 71

Russell Grove, Avondale GC 71

Brady Sharp, Walla Walla CC 71

Cole Sajonia (a), Veterans Memorial GC 71

Jason Aichele, Meadow Springs CC 72

Andrew Whalen (a), Lakeview G&CC 72

Michael Ciez (a), Veterans Memorial GC 72

David Nuhn, Gateway Golf Discount 72

Tony Robydek, Pro Golf Discount (Tacoma) 72

Jeff Coston, Semiahmoo G&CC 72

Ed Jonson (a), Wing Point G&CC 72

Rob Gibbons, Arrowhead GC 72

Brent Walsh, Coeur d’Alene GC 72

Loren Jeglum, Mountlake Terrace 72

Steve Prugh, Manito G&CC 73

Clint Ables, Wildhorse Resort GC 73

John Bowen, Heron Lakes GC 73

Ryan Dahl, Horn Rapids GC 73

Mark Gardner, The Creek at Qualchan 73

James Feutz (a), Tacoma G&CC 73

David Phay, Whidbey G&CC 74

Darek Franklin, Willamette Valley CC 74

Mason Palmer (a), Wine Valley GC 74

Ryan Maine (a), Hangman Valley 74

Nick Hardy (a), Mill Creek CC 74

Brad Faller, The Reserve Vineyards 74

Mark Strickland (a), Harbour Pointe GC 74

Steve Bowen, Dick’s Sporting Goods 74

Garrett Howard (a), Manito G&CC 74

Ryan Young, Chambers Bay GC 74

Tim Feenstra, Broadmoor GC 74

Tyler Sweet, Sunland G&CC 74

Carl Jonson (a), Wing Point G&CC 74

Jordan Reeder, Canyon Lakes GC 74

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