Consistency paid dividends for Mike Rorholm in Monday’s Athletic Round Table Pro-Am golf tournament at Hidden Lakes Golf Club.
The Spokane professional took just 33 shots on each side for a 5-under-par 66 that led the field by three strokes.
Sharing second were pros Steve Caruso of the Coeur d’Alene Resort (34-35), Rod Shearer of Hangman Valley (35-34) and amateur Ryan Benzel of Ritzville (35-34).
Second low amateur was Dustin Ainsworth of Coeur d’Alene Golf Club with a 70 (35-35).
Low net amateurs were: Dennis Young of Avondale and Brad Akers of Deer Park with 67 in the 0-8 handicap group; Herb Genteman of MeadowWood and Jason Ryan of Colville Elks, 9-13, 64s; and Woody Aunan of Hidden Lakes, 14-31, with a 64.
Kent Brown of Colville was 9 shots over par and 16 strokes off the pace after Monday’s first round of the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship on the 6,837-yard, par-72 Kearney Hill Golf Links at Lexington, Ky.
Alberto Ochoa of Edinburg, Texas, had a one stroke lead off an 8-under 64. Brown shot 39-41-80.
Darren Slackman of Spokane Country Club, at 2-over-par 74, was the leading area player in the 96th Pacific Northwest Amateur Tournament at Willamette Valley Golf and Country Club in Canby, Ore.
Ben Crane of Portland and Tylar Lunke of San Antonio, Texas, shared first with 4-under 68s.
Kyle Kelly of The Creek at Qualchan was second among area entries in Monday’s first round with a 76.
The River City Steelers of Spokane finished second in the U-14 division of the sixth Triple Crown Soccer Tournament in Denver.
The Steelers, coached by Byron Walters, lost 1-0 to a team from Sacramento, Calif., Sunday in the championship game after beating teams from New York, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wyoming and Fresno, Calif., to gain the finals.
The event drew more than 225 teams from 32 states.
In the second game of a Sunday night doubleheader, Bill Graffis pitched a five-hit complete game as the Royals beat the Blue Devils 6-1. Kevin Spangler drove in two runs.
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