Just over a week after advancing from the Dupont U.S. Open Local Qualifier, Darren Black won the Washington Open and a first place prize of $6,000 at Kent’s Meridian Valley Country Club Wednesday. Black, a professional at Rainier Golf and Country Club, fired a -4 68 in the final round and posted a total score of -10 206 to take win the event by 2 strokes over Brian Thornton.
Thornton, the teaching pro at Meridian Valley, entered the final round with a share of the lead and got to -10 on the 15th hole. However, a costly bogey on 16 proved to be the difference despite after missing his 10 foot birdie on 18 to tie Black for the lead. Thornton took home $4,000 for his troubles. 2013 champion Chris Griffin of Tacoma Golf and Country Club finished 3rd, which was good for $2,800. Kent Hagen finished as the low amateur despite a disappointing +4 76 in the final round. Hagen, a native of Kent and star at both Kentwood High School and Washington State University opened the tournament with the lowest round of the event with his Monday 65.
The Washington Open is among the oldest golf tournaments in the state. 2016 will mark the 90th edition of the event which was first played in 1922 at Yakima Country Club. Notable past champions include Fred Couples, Jeff Gove, Brian Mogg and Chuck Congdon.