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McKay Wins 8th PNGA Women’s Mid-Amateur

Molalla, Ore. (July 10, 2009) – In the PNGA Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship, Loree McKay of Portland, Ore. outlasted Charisse Spada also of Portland, Ore. with a win on the 38th hole.

Both being terrific competitors and great friends, the 36-hole match saw four lead changes and neither competitor was ever more than 1-up. McKay who advanced through the Quarterfinals yesterday in 18 holes and the Semifinals in 25 holes continued her marathon of match play. Heading into the 36th hole 1-down, McKay made a solid bogey on the finishing par-5 to force extra holes. Both players made par on the par-5 first hole and then McKay hit a beautiful iron shot into the 138-yard 2nd hole while Spada pushed her shot to the right and bounced into a greenside bunker. A two putt par was enough to claim the hole and the Mid-Amateur title for McKay.

The PNGA Women’s Amateur and Mid-Amateur are being held concurrently at Arrowhead Golf Club in Molalla, Ore.

In all, 75 golfers competed in this year’s Championship, held at Arrowhead Golf Club in Molalla, Ore. 40 contestants competed in the Women’s Amateur Championship, and 35 competed in the Mid-Amateur Championship.

The Pacific Northwest Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship consists of 36 holes of stroke play qualifying to determine the flights for match play. 16 will advance to the championship flight; all other contestants will be placed in flights of 8 by 36-hole qualifying score. All matches are single-elimination and contested over 18 holes, with the exception of the 36-hole Championship final match in the Championship Flight only.