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Mark Rypien, ex-WSU quarterback, leads celebrity event in Nevada

Mark Rypien, a former Washington State and NFL quarterback, led after the first round of the American Century Championship, a celebrity golf tournament in Stateline, Nev.

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STATELINE, Nev. – Mark Rypien, a former Washington State and NFL quarterback, had an eagle and three birdies Friday to take a two-point lead after the first round of the American Century Championship.

Rypien had 27 points at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course under the modified Stableford scoring system that awards graduated points for pars or better in the celebrity tournament.

“By far my best in all the years I have played here,” said Rypien, 50. “The fountain of youth is not in my favor, but I think I am playing better golf now than when I first came out here.”

Actor Lucas Black was second with 25 points.

Chris Chandler, former Washington Huskies and NFL quarterback, was in third place with 24.

Other tournaments

Vaughn Taylor, Fabian Gomez, Paul Stankowski, Troy Matteson, Kyle Reifers and Daniel Summerhays were tied for the lead at 10-under par in the PGA Tour Sanderson Farms Championship when the second round was suspended because of darkness in Madison, Miss.

Players tied for 91st place at even par included Jeff Gove (74) of Seattle and Andres Gonzales (14 holes left) of Olympia.

• Americans Paula Creamer and Alison Walshe shared the lead with Beatriz Recari of Spain after two rounds of the LPGA Tour’s Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio. They were at 8-under 134 for 36 holes.

Wendy Ward (73), who lives near Edwall, outside Spokane, was tied for 40th at even par and ex-UW Huskies player Paige Mackenzie (70) of Yakima was tied for 65th at 2 over.

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