DuPont, Wash. – The 119th PNGA Women’s Amateur and 19th PNGA Women’s Mid-Amateur championships are being held this week at The Home Course in DuPont, Wash.
Both championships are being held concurrently July 19-23, and are conducted by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA).
Each championship begins with 36 holes of stroke-play qualifying on July 19-20, followed by 18-hole single-elimination match play, with the final match for each being contested on Friday, July 23. The Women’s Amateur will have a 36-hole final match, and the Mid-Amateur final match will be contested over 18 holes.
Last year’s championships were both canceled due to COVID-19.
Players to watch for this year in the PNGA Women’s Amateur:
- Kennedy Knox of Normandy Park, Wash. – last month won the Washington Women’s Amateur, and a week later won the Seattle City Women’s Amateur.
- Victoria Gailey of Tigard, Ore. – rising senior on University of Nevada-Reno, where last year she set the program’s single-season scoring record.
- Brittany Kwon of Bremerton, Wash. – last month was low amateur at the Northwest Women’s Open, two-time winner of PNGA Junior Girls’ Amateur (2014, 2017), four-time WIAA 3A High School state champion.
- Mary Scott Wolfe of Beaverton, Ore. – 2019 Oregon Junior Amateur champion, rising sophomore on Gonzaga University women’s golf team.
- Cassie Kim of Yakima, Wash. – rising junior on women’s golf team at Gonzaga University, qualified for this year’s U.S. Women’s Amateur.
- Angele Arora of Surrey, B.C. – member of Canadian National Junior Team, won both the 2020 B.C. Girls’ Junior and Juvenile championships.
Players to watch for in the PNGA Women’s Mid-Amateur:
- Jacqueline Bendrick of Mercer Island, Wash. – last month won the Washington Women’s Mid-Amateur.
- Amanda Jacobs of Portland, Ore. – three-time winner of this championship (2014, 2016, 2018), three-time PNGA Women’s Mid-Amateur Player of the Year (2015, 2016, 2017)
- Gretchen Johnson of Portland, Ore. – defending champion, two-time PNGA Women’s Mid-Amateur Player of the Year (2018, 2019).
- Marcia Fisher of Molalla, Ore. – inducted into the Pacific Northwest Golf Hall of Fame in 2007.
First held in 1899, the PNGA 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 PNGA Women’s Amateur and Mid-Amateur are two of 11 major, regional, amateur championships for men, women, juniors, and seniors conducted annually by the PNGA throughout the Northwest.
About The Home Course
Opened in 2007, The Home Course is co-operatively owned and operated by the PNGA and Washington Golf. It has been the site of numerous state, regional and national championships, including hosting the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links, and serving as stroke-play co-host of the 2010 U.S. Amateur and 2021 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball. Beginning in 2022, it will begin a three-year commitment of hosting the Northwest Open Invitational. Visit TheHomeCourse.com for more information.
About the Pacific Northwest Golf Association
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 member 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. Visit thePNGA.org for more information.