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Seattle pro closes in on lead in club pro championship

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on June 30, 2009 at 6:03 pm with No Comments »
June 30, 2009 6:03 pm

Seattle’s Ryan Benzel shot one of the day’s best scores – a
4-under-par 67 – to move up 32 spots in the third round of the PGA Club
Professional Championship at Twin Warriors Golf Club in Santa Ana
Pueblo, N.M.

Benzel, a former University of Idaho golfer, had five birdies and
one bogey – including three birdies on par-4 holes of 470 yards or
longer.

“I’ve missed only two fairways on this course,” Benzel said. “I’m
just killing the golf ball, and hitting it on a line I want to. As long
as I keep in the fairway, I have the opportunity to put the ball where
I want to.”

He opened with a bogey, but rallied with three more birdies on his
opening nine holes, including one on the 472-yard, par-4 18th – his
ninth hole – where his 8-iron approach left him 12 feet from the hole.
He made the putt.

“It’s a golf course I’ve done well on,” he said. “The greens are very, very good, and I’m putting pretty well.”

Benzel’s 67 leaves him tied for at tied for 11th for the tournament.
He is at 3-under 210, five strokes behind leader Mark Sheftic (205).
Benzel tees off today for the final round at 10 a.m. PDT.

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