Yun, Thornton set pace with 65s to lead Tacoma Open

With hundreds of rounds at Meadow Park Golf Course, Tacoma’s Andrew Yun knows every inch of the layout.

And Sumner’s Brian Thornton? Up until two weeks ago, he had never stepped foot on the metro course in south Tacoma.

Both professionals seemed to have little difficulty finding their way around Friday in the first round of the Tacoma Open.

Yun and Thornton shot matching 6-under-par 65s to grab a share of the overnight lead – one stroke ahead of PGA Tour player Michael Putnam, of University Place (66).

Puyallup’s Derek Barron is tied for fourth after 68, and three golfers – T.J. Bordeaux, Tony Robydek and Mark Wurtz – are in at 69.

The second round tees off Saturday morning.

Yun, who now lives in Arizona, and has been gearing up for Tour Qualifying School, made seven birdies and one bogey. Four of those birdies were on putts of 3 feet or shorter.

“This is Meadow Park – this is my stomping ground,” said Yun, a Stanford graduate. “And to play this tournament worked perfectly for my schedule.”

Thornton, who earlier this week won the Pacific Northwest PGA Professional Championship, continued his hot streak Friday. And he started off with an eagle-3 on the par-5 10th hole, drilling a hybrid from 240 yards on the green, and sinking a 6-foot putt for eagle.

He went out in 6-under 30 – the low nine of the tournament.