Gandee leads Anchorage Open

Tom Gandee made three back-nine birdies at Anchorage Golf Course on Saturday, finishing with a 5-over 77 and the first-round lead in the first Anchorage Open. Gandee chipped in for birdie at the 10th hole and drained birdie putts on 15 and 17.

Five players are within five strokes of the lead heading into Sunday's final round.

Benji Sumulong and Jeremy Peters each shot 78 to sit tied for second, and Brad Pitzer's 79 put him alone in fourth place.

Terri McAngus holds a commanding 19-stroke lead in the women's division after shooting a 1-under 71.

Anchorage Open

First-round scores

Anchorage Golf Course

Women

Championship flight -- 1) Terri McAngus, 71; 2) Becky Erickson, 90; 3) Diane Johnson, 94; 4) Michelle Coburn, 96; 5) Cathy Garrick, 106.

Men

Championship flight -- 1) Tom Gandee, 77; 2) (tie) Benji Sumulong; Jeremy Peters, 78; 4) Brad Pitzer, 79; 5) Paul Blanche, 81; 6) (tie) Tim Retzer; Peter Wetzel, 82; 8) David Flippo, 86; 9) Michael Oldenkamp, 87; 10) Jason Kincannon, 87.

First flight -- 1) Kevin Sweeney, 79; 2) (tie) Mark Schneiter; Stephen Barnett; Thomas Seabloom, 80; 5) David Cosgrave, 81; 6) Will Woodland, 82; 7) Aaron Roth, 84; 8) Joe Orley, 86; 9) Don Nelson, 87.

Second flight -- 1) Frank Boasen, 84; 2) (tie) Jason Kimmel; James Grace, 88; 4) (tie) Barry Grey; Ronald Perry; Andrew Romerdahl, 89; 7) Trey Miller, 91; 8) Bret Coburn, 95; 9) Ken Panzanella, 106; 10) Ryan Flippo, 110.

Senior flight -- 1) (tie) Jan Sieberts; Richard Bohon, 83; 3) (tie) James Weed; Vern Rafferty, 84; 5) Bruce Erickson, 88; 6) Kirk Barker, 89; 7) John Highstone, 90; 8) Lee Clune, 93; 9) John Crisp, 94; 10) Stan Sayers, 96; 11) David Faulk, 101; 12) Don Dent, 106.

Open division (no handicap) -- 1) John Taylor, 82; 2) Mike Connelly, 88; 3) Larry Cleland, 99; 4) Brandon Dringle, 91; 5) Cory MacMillan, 136.