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
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