He isn’t even in high school yet, but Lakewood’s RJ Manke showed Tuesday that he can hold his own against older competition.
The 14-year-old from Tacoma Country and Golf Club fired a bogey-free round of 5-under-par 65 to take a one-stroke lead after the opening round of the inaugural AJGA Ryan Moore Junior Championship at RMG Club at Oakbrook in Lakewood.
“I didn’t mess up at all, and made some really good putts,” Manke said.
Jefferson Kao of Walnut, Calif., and Sean Yu of Beaumont, Calif., are tied for second at 4-under 66.
Guillermo Cortina of Bradenton, Fla., shot 67 and is in fourth place, followed by Kirkland’s Frank Garber and Federal Way’s Sean Yi (68).
Three golfers share the lead in the girls’ tournament. Sammamish’s Ashley Fitzgibbons, Spokane’s Sierra Kersten and Canadian Janet Zhang opened with 1-under 69s.
YUN STUMBLES, NOW IN SECOND AT SAHALEE
Back-nine bogeys at the 14th, 15th and 18th holes knocked Tacoma’s Andrew Yun out of the lead on a tough scoring day at the 20th Sahalee Players Championship.
Only four golfers in the field broke par. Yun was not one of them — he shot a 3-over-par 75 at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish.
Bo Andrews, a senior at Georgia Tech, shot a par 72 to grab a one-stroke lead over Yun, Zachary Blair (72) and Kevin Carrigan (70). Andrews sits at 4-under 212 through three rounds.
The last group tees off Wednesday at 11:30 a.m.
FOUR TIED AT TOP OF SEATTLE AMATEUR
Chris Babock, Li Wang, Jacob Webb and former Seattle Mariners pitcher Erik Hanson will head into the final round of the Seattle Amateur with the lead at 4-under 136.
Babcock, Wang and Webb each shot 68 at Jackson Park Golf Course to reel in Hanson, the overnight leader.
Seattle University golfer Lori Pearson became the first female entrant in the tournament’s 79-year history to make the cut — at 9-over 149.Staff report