The 2023 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 16th PNGA Lamey Cup, to be held May 4-5 at Blue Lakes Country Club in Twin Falls, Idaho.
The PNGA Lamey Cup was created in 2006 by past PNGA President Dr. Jack Lamey as a way of continuing the camaraderie and partnership of the region’s member associations under the PNGA umbrella – British Columbia Golf, Idaho Golf Association, Oregon Golf Association and Washington Golf. With Dr. Lamey’s passing in December 2019, the event and its perpetual trophy have been named after him.
The annual Ryder Cup-style team competition is held on a rotating basis throughout the region, with this year’s event being held in Idaho and hosted by the Idaho Golf Association.
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 current president of each association will serve as the captain of their respective teams. For the team of host Idaho Golf Association, Kris Fenwick will be captain; Vincent Johnson will captain the Oregon Golf Association team; Mike Kemppainen will captain the Washington Golf team; and Michael Cook will fill in for President Greg Moody to captain the team from British Columbia Golf.
For a complete roster of players for all four associations competing in this year’s PNGA Lamey Cup, please click here.
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.
To visit the championship portal for live scoring, pairings and other information, click here.
Click here for more information about the PNGA Lamey Cup.
Washington Golf will be attempting to win its third consecutive title, having won the event in 2019 and 2022. The event was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic. Washington Golf has won this event four times. The event was last held in Idaho in 2017, and the Idaho Golf Association won it on their home turf.