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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