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Kurt Kollmann, Russell Marion share first-round lead at Alaska State Amateur

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: July 11, 2019
  • Published July 11, 2019

First-round co-leader Russell Marion tees off Thursday at the Alaska State Amateur in Palmer. (Loren Holmes / ADN)

Kurt Kollmann birdied the final three holes to seize a share of the first-day lead Thursday at the Alaska State Amateur golf tournament.

Kollmann’s red-hot finish at the Palmer Golf Course allowed him to recover from a double bogey on the 12th hole. It gave him a 1-under-par 71 and made him the co-leader with Russell Marion.

Marion started strong but faded a little at the end. He birdied three holes on the front nine and added another on the 11th hole, but followed up with a double bogey at No. 12 and two more bogeys after that.

One stroke back with even-par 72s are Mark McMahan and defending champion Greg Sanders.

McMahan countered a bogey and a double bogey with three birdies while shooting par on the front nine and the back nine. Sanders’ round included an eagle on No. 8 and a double bogey on No. 6, plus three birdies and three bogeys.

Three golfers are tied at 73 — Brad Bosshart, Aaron Roth and Christopher Marin. Next is Adam Baxter with a 2-over 74.

Competition continues through Sunday at Palmer Golf Course.

Adam Baxter chips the ball on his way to a 2-over 74. (Loren Holmes / ADN)

Golfers wait for their turn at Palmer Golf Course. (Loren Holmes / ADN)
Defending champion Greg Sanders lines up a shot. (Loren Holmes / ADN)
Adam Baxter hits the ball from a fairway as Greg Sanders watches. (Loren Holmes / ADN)