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Originally published Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 9:21 PM

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Kent's Sean McMullen leads at State Amateur golf championship

Washington's Chris Williams two strokes behind

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JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD — Sean McMullen, a freshman at the University of Idaho out of Kentridge High, fired a 6-under 65 Tuesday to take the first-day lead in the Washington State Men's Amateur golf championship.

Only nine players were under par on the 7,024-yard, par-71 Eagles Pride Golf Course.

McMullen was ahead by two strokes over Washington's Chris Williams, the fifth-ranked amateur in the world. Nathan Strand of Olympia and Mark Strickland of Mukilteo also were at 4-under 67.

"My approach shots are what made the round," said McMullen. "I don't think I had a putt longer than eight feet on the back nine. I've played the course a few times before, so I knew where I could get aggressive and I stuck to my game plan."

The 72-hole event continues Wednesday and ends Friday.

OTHER GOLF

Jeff Coston, a teaching pro at Semiahmoo Golf and Country Club in Blaine, took a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Oregon Open Invitational at Broken Top Club in Bend.

Coston had a 6-under 66 on the 6,922-yard, par-72 layout. He was two strokes better than Chris Griffin, out of Pro Golf Discount in Tacoma, Corey Prugh of Manito in Spokane and John Kawasoe of Astoria Country Club.

NOTES

Erica Perkins Jasper, a 1997 graduate of University Prep in Seattle, has been named coach of the women's tennis program at New Mexico. The former head coach at Michigan State played collegiately at Washington State.

• The Washington freshman eight crew has accepted a spot in the Henley Royal Regatta in England on June 27. Earlier this month, the freshmen wrapped up an undefeated season with a gold medal at the IRA National Championships in Cherry Hill, N.J.

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