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Originally published Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 9:35 PM

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Chris Williams takes lead at state Amateur

Chris Williams, a senior-to-be on the Washington men's golf team, shot a 2-under-par 69 Thursday to take sole possession of the lead at...

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JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD — Chris Williams, a senior-to-be on the Washington men's golf team, shot a 2-under-par 69 Thursday to take sole possession of the lead at the Washington State Men's Amateur Championship, being held at Eagles Pride Golf Course.

Williams, a native of Moscow, Idaho, had four birdies and two bogeys in his third round, putting him six shots clear of his nearest competitor at 10 under.

"I hit some good shots today," said Williams, in a bit of an understatement. His approach on the par-4 ninth stopped within 3 feet of the cup for his 11th birdie in his first 45 holes, which also included a 3 on the par-5 sixth on Wednesday.

Mark Strickland of Mukilteo is in second after struggling to a 4-over 75 in the third round.

The Washington State Men's Amateur Championship features the finest male amateur golfers in the state. Past champions include Fred Couples, Alex Prugh, Brock Mackenzie, Kermit Zarley and John Bodenhamer.

Other golf

Brian Thornton of Meridian Valley Country Club fashioned a bogey-free final round to win the Oregon Open Invitational by two shots over Corey Prugh of Manito Golf & Country Club.

Thornton's final-round 7-under 65 left him with a two-shot lead on the Broken Top Club course in Bend, Ore.

Hockey

• Thunderbirds defenseman Shea Theodore has been invited to attend Canada's summer under-18 team selection camp, Aug. 3-6 in Toronto.

"Shea pushed his way into this group of players with his strong play last season. He will be a significant contender to make this team," said T-birds general manager Russ Farwell.

Hockey Canada has invited 40 players to the selection camp, of which 22 will make the under-18 team. Theodore will be one of 12 defensemen competing for a spot on the team.

"It means a lot to me," he said. "It shows how hard I have worked and how far I have to go. It's a great accomplishment, and I am going to go to Toronto expecting to make the team."

The under-18 team will play in the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament in Piestany, Slovakia, and Breclav, Czech Republic, Aug. 13-18.

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