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Zac Blair Finishes Second at Sahalee Amateur

Sammamish, Wash. – Chris Williams of Moscow, Idaho held off the hard charging field to win the 18th Sahalee Players Championship at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Wash.  Williams, a 2011 U.S. Open qualifier, took the lead yesterday afternoon and finished off posting a 72-hole total of 1-under par 287 to capture his first Sahalee Players victory.Williams is among the elite international field of amateur golfers competing in the “Western Swing” a series of events providing elite golfers in the west an opportunity to play three major national amateur championships over four weeks.  The Sahalee Players Championship is the first leg of the swing, with the PNGA Men’s Amateur being played the week after. After a one week break, the 45th Pacific Coast Amateur Championship will be contested at Martis Camp in Truckee, Calif. Williams will be joining defending Pacific Coast Amateur Champion Andrew Putnam and 2008 U.S. Junior Amateur Champion Cameron Peck in representing the Pacific Northwest Golf Association’s Morse Cup team, a team competition held concurrently during the first two rounds of the 72-hole Pacific Coast Amateur. In the Final Round, Williams started with a two shot lead and quickly increased it with a birdie on the first hole of the day and navigated the high heavenly ground making one more birdie on the par 3, 13th.  All that was needed was a routine par on the 18th to finish with a 1-over par 73 and the victory.  When asked what this win means to him, Williams said, “It is huge. It’s by far the biggest win I’ve had. It is always a top 20 event in the world and it’s awesome that it is in our backyard.” Williams is a University of Washington Sophomore who has a specific goal in mind of making the prestigious Walker Cup that includes a select few amateurs from the United States who compete against a European amateur team biannually. When asked what this win would do for his Walker Cup status he said, “This is a big event and people pay attention to that.  The last two guys to win this won the Hogan Cup and this attracts the best players in the world.  They (USGA Selection Committee) will look at this win and hopefully it will bode well for me.”  World Team Amateur participant, Minghao Wang of Alpharetta, GA., made a move on the back nine making birdies on holes 11 and 12 to get one shot off the lead at 1-under par heading into #16.  His aggressive approach shot ended up lost in the trees along with his hopes of a Sahalee Players title as he would make a triple bogey.BYU Sophomore, Zac Blair made a run of his own making four birdies on the front nine to get two shots off the lead but his hope of victory also met its end at 16 where he made his only bogey of the round.  He would make birdie on the finishing hole for an impressive 4-under par round of 68 bringing his 72-hole total to even par 288, good enough for runner-up honors with Chen-Tsung Pan of Sammamish, Wash. Pan’s round got off to a shaky start after making bogey at the first and double bogey at the second.  While he would go three under par from there, it proved to be too large a hole to dig out of coming up one shot short with a 72-hole total of even par 288.Junior phenom, Beau Hossler Jr. of Mission Viejo, Cal. lead the first round of play and after a pair of 76’s yesterday in rounds 2 and 3 found his groove again with a final round 3-under par 69 which brought his 4-day total to 1-over par 289 good enough for a tie for fourth place.  Hossler will look to ride this momentum into the US Juniors in two weeks at Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash.   
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Sahalee Players Championship – Final Results6,962-yards, par 72
Chris Williams, Moscow, Idaho, 70-73-71-73–287
Zac Blair, Ogden, Utah, 75-72-73-68–288
Cheng-Tsung Pan, Sammamish, Wash., 71-76-69-72–288
Kevin Penner, Sammamish, Wash., 75-76-70-68–289
Sam Smith, Turlock, Calif., 74-69-74-72–289
Beau Hossler Jr, Mission Viejo, Calif., 68-76-76-69–289
Andrew Putnam, University Place, Wash., 72-72-71-74–289
Anton Arboleda, La Canada, Calif., 73-75-75-67–290
Minghao Wang, Alpharetta, Ga., 70-76-70-75–291
Derek Ernst, Clovis, Calif., 71-74-74-72–291
T.J. Bordeaux, Tacoma, Wash., 70-72-78-72–292
Michael Kim, Del Mar, Calif., 70-76-69-78–293
Andrew Vijarro, Bend, Ore., 73-78-75-67–293
Derek Barron, Puyallup, Wash., 75-70-73-75–293
Michael Weaver, Fresno, Calif., 75-76-71-72–294
Martin Trainer, Palo Alto, Calif., 73-76-72-73–294
Cory Renfrew, Victoria, B.C., 74-75-76-69–294
Jarred Bossio, Olympia, Wash., 79-68-76-72–295
Ryan Fox, Royal Auckland, NZL, 76-73-76-70–295
Geoff Gonzalez, Diablo, Calif., 79-75-70-72–296
Blake Biddle, St. Charles, Ill., 73-68-79-76–296
Daniel Nisbet, Caboolture, AUS, 72-78-73-73–296
James Back, Cerritos, Calif., 73-69-76-78–296
Ryan Heisey, Greensboro, N.C., 75-76-75-70–296
Matt Hansen, Los Osos, Calif., 76-77-71-73–297
Eugene Wong, North Vancouver, B.C., 76-72-75-74–297
David Lipsky, La Canada, Calif., 73-75-76-74–298
Tze Huang Choo, Seattle, Wash., 73-76-78-71–298
Paul Peterson, Corvallis, Ore., 76-78-76-68–298
Charlie Hughes, Seattle, Wash., 75-74-80-70–299
Tain Lee, San Juan Capist, Calif., 72-78-79-71–300
Pace Johnson, Fresno, Calif., 70-76-79-75–300
Erik Hanson, Kirkland, Wash., 74-73-77-76–300
Jay Hwang, San Diego, Calif., 77-73-73-78–301
Nick Delio, Valencia, Calif., 72-77-78-74–301
Kyle Souza, Chico, Calif., 80-76-72-73–301
Robbie Ziegler, Canby, Ore., 74-81-74-72–301
Thomas Gocke, Sammamish, Wash., 72-78-78-75–303
Matt Rawitzer, Bellingham, Wash., 76-76-73-78–303
Alex Moore, Corvallis, Ore., 73-81-74-75–303
Nick Ellis, East Wenatchee, Wash., 73-81-77-73–304
John Catlin, Carmichael, Calif., 77-78-75-74–304
Josh Dupont, Poway, Calif., 81-79-71-73–304
Ramsey Sahyoun, Reseda, Calif., 81-74-77-73–305
Dan Whitaker, Cle Elum, Wash., 77-78-78-74–307
Carlos Ortiz, Denton, Texas, 74-75-79-80–308
Taylor Travis, Fremont, Calif., 75-76-80-77–308
Johnathan Schnitzer, Houston, Texas, 80-81-71-76–308
Rodolfo Cazaubon, Denton, Texas, 73-80-82-74–309
Zahkai Brown, Arvada, Colo., 76-78-78-77–309
Jack Paton, Hillsborough, Calif., 73-80-76-81–310
Jeff Hamm, Danville, Calif., 78-77-78-77–310
Scott Kim, Richland, Wash., 82-77-74-77–310
Kevin PomArleau, Wenatchee, Wash., 74-78-82-78–312
Ryan Hallisey, Granite Bay, Calif., 80-78-77-79–314
Ty Wengel, Butte, Mont., 75-81-78-82–316
Dave Bunker, Woodbridge, ON, 75-77-86-79–317
Grant Rappleye, Elk Grove, Calif., 78-86-78-76–318
Clark Collier, Edmond, Okla., 85-82-80-73–320
Mario Clemens, Los Angeles, Calif., 79-74-80-87–320
Carl Jonson, Bainbridge Island, Wash., 81-87-77-77–322
Brady Exber, Las Vegas, Nev., 82-77-84-81–324
Mathew Perry, Hamilton, NZL, 84-74-83-83–324
Marcel Puyat, Indio, Calif., 78-84-78-87–327
Mitchell Evanecz, Red Deer, AB, 70-78-73-WD–WD