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Haack Secures First PNGA Mid-Amateur Championship Title

Lynden, Wash. (September 17, 2009) – Mike Haack of Bellevue, Wash. went wire-to-wire to win the 25th Annual PNGA Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship held at Homestead Farms Golf Resort. Playing in his first PNGA Mid-Amateur, Haack held or shared the lead after each round, as he flawlessly negotiated his way around the championship layout with three consecutive rounds of 4-under par 68 for a 54-hole total of 8-under par 204.

For the championship Haack was a combined 11-under par on the back nine alone. This victory caps off an impressive summer for Haack as he had already captured Medalist honors at the U.S. Open Local Qualifyier in May and garnered a top-10 finish at the Washington Open as well.

Derek Berg of Kenmore, Wash. finished runner-up with a three day total of 9-under par 207. Berg followed up his incredible second round 8-under par 64 with a solit 3-under par 69. Berg will now go on to play two consecutive USGA events, representing the Washington State Golf Association in the USGA State Team Championship next week in St. Louis, MO followed by the USGA Mid-Amateur Championship in Kiawah Island, SC.

Defending champion Ben Griffin of Victoria, B.C. used an impressive final round 5-under par 67 to finish the championship in 3rd at 7-under par 209.

To be eligible for the Pacific Northwest Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship, contestants must have reached their 25th birthday by the first day of the competition and also carry a handicap index of 8.4 or less. The championship consists of 54 holes of stroke play with a cut to the low 60 scores after 36 holes.