Palouse Ridge Golf Club in Pullman, Wash. will host some of the best women amateur golfers in the Pacific Northwest and beyond as the 117th Pacific Northwest Women’s Amateur and 17th Pacific Northwest Women’s Mid-Amateur championships will be held concurrently July 9-13.
Both championships are conducted by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA).
Each championship begins with 36 holes of stroke-play qualifying on July 9-10, followed by 18-hole single-elimination match play, with the final match for each being contested on Friday, July 13. The Women’s Amateur will have a 36-hole final match, and the Mid-Amateur final match will be contested over 18 holes.
For tee times, pairings and to follow along with live scoring, visit www.thepnga.org.
Last year’s championships were held at Fairwood Golf & Country Club in Renton, Wash. where Julianne Alvarez of Seattle defeated Samantha Martirez of the Philippines in 38 holes in the Women’s Amateur; while Christina Proteau of Port Alberni, B.C. defeated Gretchen Johnson of Portland, Ore. 3 and 2 to win the Women’s Mid-Amateur title.
Players to watch for this year in the PNGA Women’s Amateur include Gigi Stoll of Tigard, Ore., who recently led her University Arizona women’s golf team to the NCAA D-I National Title, made it to the quarterfinals of last year’s Women’s Amateur, and has been named PNGA Women’s Player of the Year three times (2014, 2015, 2017).
Others in the field include Jamie Huo of Auburn, Wash., a recent graduate of Seattle University where she competed four years on the women’s golf team. Last week, Huo qualified for the 2018 U.S. Women’s Amateur, and last month finished second in the Washington State Women’s Amateur.
Also in the field are Montgomery Ferreira of Tacoma, Wash., who recently won the Washington 4A High School Girls’ championship, and has twice been selected to play in the LPGA Tour’s ANA Junior Qualifier; Kenedee Peters of Ephrata, Wash., who recently won her third Washington 2A High School Girls’ title, and in 2015 was named the WSGA Junior Girls’ Player of the Year; and Alivia Brown of Gig Harbor, Wash., who finished runner-up in the 2015 PNGA Women’s Amateur, won the 2015 Washington State Women’s Amateur, named the 2015 WSGA Women’s Player of the Year, and is a recent graduate of Washington State University where she played four years on the women’s golf team.
In the PNGA Women’s Mid-Amateur, players to watch for include Amanda Jacobs of Portland, Ore., who won this championship twice (2014, 2016), made it the semifinals in last year’s championship, and was named the PNGA Women’s Mid-Amateur Player of the Year in 2015, 2016 and 2017; Gretchen Johnson of Portland, who finished runner-up in last year’s championship; and Alison Murdoch of Victoria, B.C., who has won this title twice (2006, 2008) and in 2013 was inducted into the Pacific Northwest Golf Hall of Fame.
Palouse Ridge Golf Club was designed by John Harbottle III and opened in 2008. Located on the campus of Washington State University, it is the home course for the school’s golf teams, and has hosted numerous local and regional championships, including the 2009 Washington State Amateur, the Pac-12 Championship for men and women, the NCAA Division I West Regional, as well as several USGA national championship qualifiers.
First held in 1899, the Pacific Northwest Women’s Amateur Championship is one of the oldest amateur golf championships in the world. Past champions include Pacific Northwest Golf Hall of Famers who made up the Golden Age of female golfers in the Northwest such as JoAnne Carner, Jo Ann Washam, Pat Lesser Harbottle, Edean Ihlanfeldt, Violet Pooly Sweeney, Marcia Fisher, and Betty Jean Hulteng, among others. Past champions also include many others who would later go on to the LPGA Tour, such as Jimin Kang, Peggy Conley, Ruth Jessen and Shirley Englehorn.
The Pacific Northwest Women’s Amateur and Mid-Amateur are two of 15 major, regional, amateur championships for men, women, juniors, and seniors conducted annually by the PNGA throughout the Northwest.
The PNGA was founded on February 4, 1899. It is a 501c3 charitable, international, amateur golf association dedicated to preserving the true spirit of golf by supporting its allied associations, conducting quality championships, and promoting activities beneficial to golfers in the Pacific Northwest. For more than a century, the Association has been a pioneer in developing competitions and services and its mission has grown and evolved. Today, the PNGA remains committed to being a truly regional organization providing benefits and services to its members and member clubs throughout the Northwest.