Sequim High School golf ace Benjamin Sweet led from beginning to end to win the Clallam County Amateur gross championship.
Sweet, who finished 21st at the 2A state championship in 2019, golfed with the Youth on Course Olympic Peninsula Club. He shot a superb 70 in round one on Friday to start off with a three-stroke lead over Mark Morrow of the Peninsula Golf Club. He struggled a little Saturday, shooting a 79 in round two. That was still good enough to keep him tied with Nick Van of the Port Ludlow Golf Club for first place after two days.
Sweet finished up with a solid 75 in round three at the Cedars at Dungeness for a gross of 224, beating Van, who finished with a 227 (75-74-78) and Jim McCausland (80-75-72) of the Cedars at Dungeness Men’s Club, who came on strong his final two days to tie for second with Van at 227.
Michael Dupuis of the Peninsula Golf Club finished fourth, carding a 228 (73-78-77) and Tom Nelson of the Allenmore Public Golf Course finished fifth, carding a 230 (78-76-76).
Rounds one and two were played at Sunland Golf Club and Peninsula Golf Club.
Sweet won round one with his score of 70. Jay Tomlin of the Sunland Golf and Country Club won round two with a 73 and McCausland won round three with a 72.
In net play, McCausland took first with an outstanding 204 (71-68-65), while Derek Moore, Sky Ridge Golf Course, came in second with a 211 (69-73-69). Tim Henry of Lake Wilderness Golf Club finished third with a 215 (67-70-78) and there was a four-way tie for fourth between Van, Yoon Park (The Cedars at Dungeness), Bobby Kelly (Sky Ridge Golf Course) and Tim Brown (The Cedars at Dungeness Men’s Club), all with 217.
Kelly had the top net score in round one with a 63. McCausland, Brown and Jay Tomlin (Sunland Golf and Country Club) had the best net in round two with 68. McCausland had to the top net in round three with a 65.
In flight competition, Sweet won the Flight 1 gross, while Van was second, Dupuis third, Nelson fourth and Mark Morrow fifth (73-78-80).
In flight 2 gross, McCausland was the winner, while Moore finished second. Josh Milam of the Lake Spanaway Golf Course Men’s Club came in third with a 240 (87-76-77), Mark Leffers was fourth with a 245 (80-80-85) and Brian Boone of the Peninsula Golf Club was fifth with a 246 (76-81-89).
In flight 3 gross, Kelly came in first with a 258 (78-86-94), while Brown was second with a 261 (87-84-90). Linda Hash of the Cedars at Dungeness finished third with a 262 (89-86-87) and Greg Simanson of the Big and Little Dudes Golf Club was fourth with a 264 (89-87-88). Henry and Robert Proctor of the Allenmore Public Golf Course Men’s Club tied for fifth, each with a 266.
Van was the winner of the Flight 1 net competition, finishing with a 217 net (70-71-76). Morrow (70-73-78) and Tomlin (77-68-76) finished tied for second net, each with a 221. Sean O’Mera was fourth with a 222 net (71-81-70), and Sweet (70-78-76) tied with Brandon Lancelle of the Sunland Golf and Country Club with 224 (71-73-80) net.
McCausland easily won the Flight 2 net competition with his 204. Moore came in second in Flight 2 net with a 211 and Robert Mares of the Cedars of the Dungeness Men’s Club was third with a 219 (73-75-71). Milam finished fourth with a 221 (79-70-72) and Justin Ewing (74-75-73) Cedars at Dungeness Men’s Club and Edun Bailey (71-76-75) of the YOC Olympic Peninsula Club tied for fifth with 222.
In Flight 3 net, the winner was Henry. Tying for second was Park (67-79-71), Kelly (63-73-81) and Brown (73-68-76), all with 217. Hash was fifth with a 219 (72-73-74).
The event’s sponsors were 7 Cedars Resort, OSP Sling and Windermere Real Estate of Port Angeles and Sequim.