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Horwood Wins at 27th PNGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship

Richland, Wash. (October 2, 2012) – First round leader Holly Horwood of Vancouver, B.C. shot a final round 4-over-par 76 to win the 27th Pacific Northwest Senior Women’s Amateur Championship. In the 2nd Pacific Northwest Super Senior Women’s Amateur Championship, Beverly McGladery of Vancouver, B.C. cruised to victory with a final round 10-over-par 82. Both championships are conducted by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA) and were held concurrently at Meadow Springs Country Club in Richland, Wash.

After a first round of 2-under-par 70 on Monday, Horwood entered the final round with a three stroke lead over Terri Frohnmayer of Salem, Ore., but saw her lead disappear after her second bogey of the day dropped her to even-par through four holes. “I was very aware of Terri’s record,” said Horwood about the final pairing. “It took me a few holes to say, ‘You can do it, Holly, just keep going, and make a few birdies.'”

She did just that with birdies on holes seven and nine, pivotal holes for Horwood as she pushed the lead back to three strokes. The two competitors remained neck and neck through 11 holes before an untimely quadruple bogey by Frohnmayer gave Horwood the breathing room she needed. Despite a double bogey of her own on the 15th hole, Horwood earned the six shot victory with a final round 76 and a two-day total of 2-over-par 146.

“I’m absolutely thrilled,” she said after the round. “The 70 (Monday) was my best competitive round ever and to follow it up today with a 76 was very thrilling. I was nervous, so to keep it going on the second day was pleasing” (View Horwood’s Interview Here).

Early in the final round, it looked as if Frohnmayer, the 2010 champion who also won the 2011 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur, was going to make a charge and overtake Horwood, but she was simply unable to overcome the deficit created on the 12th hole. She ultimately finished alone in second place with a two-day total of 8-over-par 152, one shot clear of defending and two-time champion Alison Murdoch of Victoria, B.C. (2005, ’11) and Ginny Burkey of Fircrest, Wash.

Aiming to defend her title and become only the second player in the history of the Pacific Northwest Senior Women’s Amateur Championship to win more than two times, Murdoch could not keep up with the pace and finished with a two-day total of 9-over-par 153 along with Burkey.