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118th PNGA Women’s Amateur and 18th Mid-Amateur Championships being held at Arrowhead

Arrowhead Golf Club in Molalla, Ore. will host some of the best women amateur golfers in the Pacific Northwest and beyond as the 118th Pacific Northwest Women’s Amateur and 18th Pacific Northwest Women’s Mid-Amateur championships will be held concurrently July 15-19, 2019.

Arrowhead Golf Club
Arrowhead Golf Club

Both championships are conducted by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA).

Each championship begins with 36 holes of stroke-play qualifying on July 15-16, 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.

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Last year’s championships were held at Palouse Ridge Golf Club in Pullman, Wash. where Gigi Stoll of Tigard, Ore. defeated Alivia Brown of Gig Harbor, Wash. 2&1 in the Women’s Amateur; while Amanda Jacobs beat Gretchen Johnson, both of Portland, 4&2 to win the Women’s Mid-Amateur title.

Players to watch for this year in the PNGA Women’s Amateur include Rino Sasaki of Japan, a sophomore on the University of Washington women’s golf team who last week was the qualifying medalist into the U.S. Women’s Amateur. Last month Sasaki won the Washington State Women’s Amateur.

Others in the field include Susan Xiao of Surrey, B.C., the 2017 PNGA Junior Girls’ Player of the Year; Mary Parsons of Delta, B.C., the 2018 PNGA Women’s Player of the Year who won the 2018 BC Women’s Amateur; and Ellen Secor of Portland, who recently transferred to the University of Oklahoma to play her senior year on the women’s golf team, and last week qualified for the U.S. Women’s Amateur.

In the PNGA Women’s Mid-Amateur, players to watch for include defending champion Amanda Jacobs of Portland, Ore., who also won this championship in 2014 and 2016, 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 this championship the past two years, and who was named the 2018 PNGA Women’s Mid-Amateur Player of the Year; 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; and Marcia Fisher, who was inducted in the Pacific Northwest Golf Hall of Fame in 2007, and whose family owns Arrowhead Golf Club.

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.