Bulldog junior golfer Bhavik Patel is in contention at the Sahalee Players Championship after the first day. Patel (70-68--138) shot a 6-under par round for 36 holes on Wednesday at the Sahalee Country Club Home Course in Du Pont, Wash. He's in third place, two shots behind leader Andrew Putman, a U.S Open qualifier, and five shots head of defending champion Nick Taylor, an All-American from Washington and the world's No. 1 ranked amateur.
Patel made nine birdies over the two rounds and played the Par 5 holes at 5-under par. He will be playing Thursday with Putnam and Peter Uihlein of Oklahoma State, who are at 136 and 137, respectively.
Last summer Patel reached the semi-final round of the U.S. Amateur championship in Tulsa, Okla.
Some notable past champions in the 17 years have included Trent Whitekiller, Daniel Summerhays, Kyle Stanley, Ryan Moore, Arron Oberholser, Jason Gore, and Casey Martin. The Home Course in DuPont, Washington will host this year's championship due to Sahalee Country Club hosting this summer's U.S. Senior Open. The Home Course is the Assisting Course for the 2010 U.S. Amateur this to be played at Chambers Bay in Tacoma, Wash.
The Pacific Northwest Golf Association joined with Sahalee Country Club 10 years ago to create the "Western Swing" with the PNGA Men's Amateur Championship. The Sahalee Players Championship is the first leg of the swing, with the PNGA Men's Amateur being played the week after.