Wednesday, July 28, 2021
July 28, 2021

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Foushee builds lead to eight shots at Royal Oaks Invitational

Final round of amateur golf tournament is Sunday

The Columbian

Zach Foushee’s day started with a one-shot lead at the Royal Oaks Invitational.

By the end of Saturday’s second round, Foushee’s lead had ballooned to eight shots.

The former University of Oregon golfer had a birdie on No. 3, an eagle at No. 7, and another birdie on No. 11. The rest were all par for the day’s low score of 4-under-par 68 and a 10-under 134 total.

Current Oregon State golfer Mateo Fuenmayor of Beaverton, Ore., and current Utah golfer Sam Tidd were tied for second at 2-under 142.

The final round of the Royal Oaks Invitational, one of the top amateur tournaments in the Pacific Northwest, is Sunday when heavy rain is in the forecast.

Tom Brandes, the 2006 overall champion and senior division winner in 2017 and 2018, had a 78 Saturday to slip into a four-way tie for ninth at 1-over. Brandes had a 67 in the first round and was one shot off the overall lead.

But Brandes does lead the senior division by two shots over Pat O’Donnell and former Seattle Mariners pitcher Erik Hanson.

Also in the overall group  tied for ninth is Hockinson High grad Gerrit Chambers after a round of 1-under 71.

Tied for fourth at 1-under are William Snow and Ethan Evans.

Other golfers with local ties include Mountain View senior Graham Moody, who is in a three-way tie for 21st at 4-over, and Hockinson grad Gaston De La Torre had a second round of 76 to put him in a tie for 41st.

The final round begins with 7:30 a.m. tee times Sunday. Foushee is paired with Tidd and Fuenmayer with a 2:27 p.m. tee time.

Fans are welcome to attend. The course requests spectators wear collared shirts and no denim.

Last year’s tournament was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.