Mark Anguiano takes Sahalee Players Championship
Anguiano, who just completed his senior season at Cal State-Fullerton, uses two late putts to pull away to four-stroke victory.
Special to The Seattle Times
SAMMAMISH — Last year, Mark Anguiano was hoping to get invited to the Sahalee Players Championship but didn’t.
This year, he got invited after a stellar senior season at Cal State-Fullerton in which he was one of the low scorers in college golf. On Wednesday, he made the most of the it by winning the Sahalee event, making two dramatic late-round putts to fend off challengers.
Anguiano made a 25-foot par-saving putt on the par-4 16th hole after hitting his tee shot into a fairway bunker and a 55-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th hole at the Sahalee Country Club.
The result was a 1-under 71 and a four-stroke victory with a four-round, 8-under 280-stroke total for the 21-year-old from Whittier, Calif.
It is easily the biggest victory of his career as the SPC, now in its 21st year, is ranked as the 21st best amateur tournament in the world by the international organization Scratch Players Group.
“I’ve hit it better before, but for four straight (rounds), I’ve never been more consistent, especially short game. That’s the best I’ve got consistently wise, putting and chipping,” he said.
Anguiano shared the lead after the 36-hole first day and took the lead for good Tuesday. He got off to a fast start Wednesday, playing the first four holes 3 under before double-bogeying the par-5 fifth hole.
Corey Pereira, a University of Washington sophomore-to-be from the Sacramento area, shot a final-round 70 and missed makeable birdie putts on 11, 12, 13, 14 and 16. He tied for second with fellow final-round group member Kurt Kitayama, a UNLV golfer from Chico, Calif., with 284.
The best final round was the 6-under 66 by Xander Schauffele, the reigning California Amateur champion who plays for San Diego State. He finished in eighth place at even-par 288.
• Ty Chambers of Royal Oaks shot a 7-under 63 at Jefferson Park to take a three-shot lead after the first round of the Seattle Amateur Chambers Ty Championship. Ben Belur, Joseph Fryer, Mark Strickland and 2012 champion Sandy Vaughan were tied at 66. The second round will be played Thursday at Jackson Park, with the final round Friday at West Seattle Golf Course.
• Lucy Li, the 11-year-old who played in the U.S. Women’s Open last month, is entered in the U.S. Women’s Public Links Championship July 14-19 at The Home Course in DuPont. Li, from Redwood Shores, Calif., advanced to match play last year in the public links tournament last year as a 10-year-old.
• Ex-Husky Joel Dahmen has won two of the three events he has entered on the PGA Tour Canada this season. Dahmen, who went to Clarkston High School, had a scoring average entering this week’s event of 67.58. Ex-Husky Brock Mackenzie has a second-place finish on the tour.