Wang scores come-from-behind Lilac victory

Seattle golfer wins by a stroke for $10,000 payday


Last updated 6/10/2021 at 9:11am

WEST TERRACE — The winds that had blown heartily and in all directions most of the weekend at the Fairways Golf Course during the 57th edition of the Lilac City Invitational seemed to be at Li Wang’s back for the final third of play in the 54-hole event.

After battling first and second-round leader Brad Marek throughout the early part of the day, Wang, the 26-year-old pro from the Seattle area, took the lead for good on the over-the-water Par-3 13th.

Wang’s 5-under 67 held out over the final six holes to earn him the biggest payday of his young career, a $10,000 check. It was earned with a 7-under 209, one stroke better than Marek who pocketed $5,000. Ryan Gaske from Australia shot a tournament best 64 to place third and win $3,500.

Marek’s second consecutive 72 meant he would fall short once again by a single stroke, as he did in 2020 to Jamie Hall. Shriners Hospital of Spokane also collected a $5,000 donation.

Marek, from Alameda, Calif. opened play with a 66, a rare feat considering the wind that was even more prevalent than usual at the course and had a five-shot lead over Wang. That shrunk by a stroke after 36 holes as Marek brought a four-shot lead into the final round. Wang would draw even on the par-5 fifth.

Joseph Glenn from finished with a three-round total of 218 (72, 72, 74) and was the top amateur finisher.

Paul Delaney is a retired Free Press Publishing reporter and can be reached at


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