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6 birdies help Greg Sanders fly into the lead at Alaska State Amateur

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: July 31
  • Published July 31

Seven-time champion Greg Sanders of Anchorage found himself in a familiar place Friday — at the top of the leaderboard at the Alaska State Amateur golf championships.

Sanders owns a seven-stroke lead halfway through the four-day tournament after firing a birdie-filled round of 67 at the Moose Run Creek Course.

He carded six birdies against one bogey to surge into the lead with a 36-hole total of 141, which puts him three under par.

A first-round 74 left Sanders five strokes behind Anchorage’s Adam Baxter on Thursday. Baxter opened with a 69 but followed with a 79 Friday to slip into a second-place tie with Benjie Sumulong of Anchorage. Sumulong shot 73 Friday, two strokes better than Thursday, for a two-day score of 148.

Defending champion Russell Marion of JBER is in third place at 151. He put himself in contention with a 70 after struggling to an 81 Thursday.

Sanders and Marion were the only golfers to break par Friday. Marion got off to a good start with birdies on the first two holes at the par-72 Creek Course.

Play continues Saturday and Sunday at Moose Run.

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