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Williams in second place at U.S. Amateur

Tue., Aug. 14, 2012

Moscow, Idaho, golfer Chris Williams is among six players tied for second place after Monday’s first day of stroke-play qualifying at the U.S. Amateur.

Williams, who plays for the University of Washington and is ranked No. 1 in the World Amateur Golf ranking, shot a 5-under 65 on the CommonGround Golf Course in Aurora, Colo. Bobby Wyatt of the University of Alabama leads after shooting a 7-under 64 at Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colo., the companion course for stroke play.

Jarred Bossio, who finished his University of Idaho career this spring, is at 2-over 72. He’s tied for 84th in the field of 311.

Today is the second day of stroke-day qualifying. The top 64 golfers will advance to the match play portion of the tournament. The 36-hole final is Sunday.

• Sierra Bezdicek of Colbert finished seventh in stroke play qualifying at the Pacific Northwest Junior Girls’ Amateur Championship in Sequim, Wash., and qualifed for the match play portion of the tournament.

Bezdicek shot a 38 and a 39 for a 5-over 77 at Sunland Golf and Country Club. Jordan Ferreira of University Place, Wash., and Hannah Swanson of Forest Grove, Ore., tied at 2-under 70 to share medalist honors.


Eastern Washington was picked to finish third in the Big Sky Conference in the preseason poll, as voted on by the 11 conference coaches.

The Eagles, who feature five returning starters, earned their highest preseason ranking since 2009, when coaches tabbed them to finish second.

Northern Colorado was a near-unanimous choice to defend its Big Sky title, earning nine of a possible 10 first-place votes. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own teams.

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