Olympia’s Cameron Peck birdied the ninth hole to move 1-up, and he never relinquished that lead in the opening round of match play at the 88th U.S. Amateur Public Links in Lorton, Va.
The Timberline High graduate also birdied the 11th and 15th holes to close out a 4-and-3 triumph over Zachary Moore, of Orlando, Fla., at Laurel Hill Golf Club.
Peck led 1-up after three holes but fell behind when he made bogey-5s at Nos. 5 and 6. After both players made birdie at the par-4 seventh, Peck squared the match by making par at the par-3 eighth hole, where Moore made a bogey.
Peck, who recently completed his collegiate career at Texas A&M, then started pulling away.
The 14th-seeded Peck will face 46th-seeded George Cunningham, of Tucson, Ariz., in the round of 32 on Thursday.
Last week, Peck won the Pacific Northwest Men’s Amateur at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort on the Oregon coast.
DETERMINED AHO WINS NW WOMEN’S OPEN
Brush Prairie’s Lindsay Aho holed out a 25-yard greenside bunker shot for birdie on the 17th hole to sew up her victory at the 16th Northwest Women’s Open at Twin Lakes Golf & Country Club in Federal Way.
Aho, a rookie on the Cactus Tour in Arizona, shot two identical scores to finish the tournament at 4-under 140. Jasi Acharya (70), of Columbus, Mont., finished second at 1-under 143.
Cheyenne Burbank (71), of Gilbert, Ariz., was third at 146. Emily Childs (71), of Alameda, Calif., was fourth at 147.
The Northwest Women’s Open — which used to be the Eastside Women’s Open, then the Washington Women’s Open — was revived after a two-year hiatus. Professionals from the West Coast, Japan, Scotland and Australia were in this year’s field.
TOP SEED PRINCE OUT, FERREIRA ALIVE AT PNGA
Top-seeded Kendall Prince of Corvallis was walloped in the round of 16 by Canadian Jennifer Ha, 7 and 6, at the 112th Pacific Northwest Women’s Amateur in Walla Walla.
Recent Bellarmine Prep graduate Jordan Ferreira won both matches Wednesday, including a 4-and-3 triumph over Portland’s Kaitlyn Oster in the round of 16, to reach the quarterfinals at Wine Valley Golf Club.Todd Milles: 253-597-8442 firstname.lastname@example.org blog.thenewstribune.com/golf