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Sanders holds slim lead in Alaska Am golf tournament

Greg Sanders retained his lead in the Alaska State Amateur golf tournament, but his pursuers are closer than ever going into Saturday's third round.

Sanders fired a 3-over-par 75 Friday at the Moose Run Creek Course for a 36-hole total of 145.

One stroke back at 146 is defending champion David Hamilton, who fired a 73 Friday. Two strokes back at 147 is Paul Blanche, who carded an even 72 for Friday's lowest score.

In all, just eight of the 26 players in the men's championship flight broke 80 on the unforgiving Creek Course.

While things are getting heated in the men's competition, Terri McAngus is threatening to blow away the women's competition.

McAngus, the defending champion, shot 75 for the second straight day for a two-day total of 150. That puts her 11 strokes ahead of Rose Pelletier, who faded from contention with an 83 after shooting a first-round 78.

After two rounds at Moose Run, action moves to Settlers Bay in Knik for the final rounds of the tournament Saturday and Sunday.

Alaska State Amateur

Second round

Moose Run Creek Course

Men's championship flight -- 1) Greg Sanders 70-75--145; 2) David Hamilton 73-73--146; 3) Paul Blanche 75-72--147; 4) Kevin Daniels 74-76--150; 5) Michael Oldenkamp 75-76--151; 6) Adam Baxter 77-76--153; 7) McKenzy Haber 77-77--154; 8) tie, Benji Sumulong 78-81--159 and Chad Isaacs 77-82--159; 10) Michael Sullivan 80-80--160; 11) Michael Rinnela 81-81--162; 12) William Arnold 85-78--163; 13) Peter Hakes 79-85--164; 14) tie, Chris Morin 85-81--166; Mark McMahan 81-85--166; Matt Desalernos 80-86--166; Richard Teders 84-82--166; 18) tie, Luke Blum 87-81--168; Paul Lindhag 87-81-- 168; 20) Kyle Farrell 88-81--169; 21) Nick Karnos 87-85--172; 22) Joe Rafson 85-89--174; 23) Marcus Dolejsi 86-90--176; 24) Travis Heyroth 85-93--178; 25) Rene Alvarez 89-90--179; 26) John Gose 96-96--192.

Women's championship flight -- 1) Terri McAngus 75-75--150; 2) Rose Pelletier 78-83--161; 3) Susan Gatewood 87-85--172; 4) Teresa Fisher 89-92--181; 5) Pamela Chesla 94-97--191.

Photos: Alaska State Amateur Golf Championship

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