Tacoma’s Derek Barron picked a great time to record his first hole-in-one, and it helped leave him with a six-stroke lead after the first day of the Puget Sound Amateur at Lake Spanaway Golf Course.
Barron, the defending champion, fired a 4-under-par 67, and leads Gig Harbor’s Britten Barker and Sammamish’s Erik Hanson (73).
Barron hit a 6-iron on the 195-yard, par-3 third hole for an ace. Two holes later, he eagled the par-5 fifth to get off and running, looking to become the first repeat champion since Kyle Stanley (2005).
“I struck the ball well,” Baron said. “And my …