Bulletin staff report

Greg Sanders carded four birdies on the back nine to finish with a 4-under-par 68 and leads the Pacific Northwest Golf Association Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship by one stroke after Tuesday’s first round at Bend Golf and Country Club.

Sanders, from ­Anchorage, Alaska, was 1 under after nine holes but birdied two of the next three holes and then made birdies at the par-5 15th and the par-4 18th to finish alone atop the 75-player leaderboard.

Four Bend golfers are within striking distance of the leader, including Josh Gordon, who birdied two of his first three holes and finished the round at 3 under. Brandon Kearney heads into the second round three shots back of Sanders at 1 under, while Charlie Rice and Clare Langford each shot even-par in the first round.

The 54-hole PNGA Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship, being staged for the first time at Bend Golf and Country Club, resumes play Wednesday and concludes Thursday.

For first-round standings, see Scoreboard on Page C2.

— Bulletin staff report

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