2012 Everett Amateur Championship
Mark Strickland Shoots 31 On The Final Nine to Win City of Everett Men's Amateur Title
Mark Strickland shot an even par 36 on the front nine at Legion Memorial Golf Course and with just nine holes to play in the 36 hole Everett Amateur Championship was in 3rd place. Through 27 holes Mark was tied with Sean McMullen at 3 under par and trailing first round co-leaders Jeff Strickland (5 under par) and Brian Barhanovich (4 under par). The back nine belonged to Mark Strickland who tore it up with 5 birdies including birdies on the last three holes to capture the city of Everett Men’s Amateur title.
Mark, who is from Mukilteo and plays golf for Western Washington University had been in contention in other major northwest amateur events before, but had never won. Earlier this spring Strickland had finished 2nd in the Snohomish County Amateur and then just 3 weeks ago finished 2nd again the Seattle City Amateur Championship. In Mark’s own words prior to the first round of the Everett Amateur, “I have been knocking at the door, but it just hasn’t opened”. Well when the door opened today he charged right through it with a 5 under par 67 and a tournament record tying 8 under par 139!
Brycen Finnie who started the day tied for 6th place at 1 under par went unnoticed until making a late on a charge of his own with birdies on 3 of the last 4 holes to shoot 68 and finish in second place alone at 6 under par. Brycen will be attending the University of Idaho this fall where he hopes to make the golf team as a walk on.
Jeff Strickland finished in a tie for 3rd place at 3 under par with Connor Miele and Sean McMullen. Brian Barhanovich finished alone in 6th place at one under par.
Jeff, the elder statesmen of the leaders you might say is Mark’s father and a well known northwest amateur golfer and former Snohomish County Amateur Champion (1996). The other leaders are all attending college with Connor Miele playing golf for St. Martins University, Sean McMullen playing golf for the University of Idaho and Brian Barhanovich just finished his senior year playing golf for Western Washington University.
Scoring Summary Below:
2012 City of Everett Men’s Amateur Championship
July 21st and 22nd, 2012
Round 1 Walter E. Hall Golf Course, Par 72, 6.426 yards
Round 2 Legion Memorial Golf Course, Par 72, 6.750 yards