The 2018 Pacific Northwest Golf Association’s (PNGA) championship season kicks off this week as 48 of the top amateur golfers in the region prepare to square off in the 13th PNGA Cup, to be held May 3-4 at Seattle Golf Club.
The PNGA Cup was created in 2006 by past PNGA President Dr. Jack Lamey as a way of continuing the friendship and partnership of the region’s allied associations under the PNGA umbrella – British Columbia Golf, Idaho Golf Association, Oregon Golf Association and Washington State Golf Association.
The annual Ryder Cup-style competition is held on a rotating basis throughout the region, with this year’s event being held in Washington and hosted by the Washington State Golf Association. The inaugural PNGA Cup, conducted in 2006, was held at Seattle Golf Club, and returns this year for the first time to the historic venue.
Each association has selected a 12-person team consisting of eight men and four women. The representation includes four mid-amateur men of 25 years of age or older, two men of 40 years or older, two senior men of 55 years or older, two mid-amateur women of 25 years or older and two senior women of 50 years or older.
The two-day competition includes four-ball and foursome matches the first day and singles matches on the second and final day. With three matches for each player, the championship allows each competitor to compete against players from each of the other associations. With both men’s and women’s scores used to determine the team result, it is the only known event of its kind in the U.S.
The Idaho Golf Association will be attempting to defend its title, having won the event last year for the first time, when the event was held on their home turf at TimberStone Golf Course in Caldwell, Idaho.
Founded in 1900, Seattle Golf Club has hosted numerous regional and national championships, including the 1952 U.S. Amateur, Pacific Coast Amateur (1967, 1987, 1999, 2016) and the 2009 Pac-10 Men’s Championship.
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.