Tacoma’s Todd Erwin hasn’t been at the top of a Washington Open Invitational leaderboard in a while, so it was no wonder he had a tough time recalling when the last time was.
“Well, let’s see,” he said, pausing. “Canterwood in (2006). I was in the final group on the final day – and shot a bundle.”
But the four-time champion got off to a good start at the 87th Washington Open, opening with a 4-under-par 68 at Meridian Valley Country Club in Kent on Monday afternoon.
Erwin trails another Pierce County product – Lakewood’s Chris Griffin, who has the overnight lead after his 67.
In fact, Griffin notched his best ever Washington Open finish – a tie for third – on this layout in 2009.
Erwin tied for the lead Monday with his birdie at No. 7 – his 16th hole – when he struck a 7-iron to the par 3 close, and sank a 10-foot putt.
But Erwin made his only bogey on the next hole.
“I hit the ball pretty good,” Erwin said. “I told myself I was not going to try and overpower the golf course. I never hit driver today. I did hit 3-wood a couple of times, and the rest was 2-irons and 4-irons off the tee.
“There is not one hole you can really relax on out here.”