29th Pacific Northwest Men's Mid-Amateur Championship Being Held at The Home Course
The Home Course in DuPont, Wash. is hosting the most talented mid-amateur male golfers in the region on September 9-11 for the 29th Pacific Northwest Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship, conducted by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA).
The championship will consist of 54 holes of stroke play. The first tee time on Monday, September 9 is 7:30 a.m.
This year’s field is one of the strongest ever for this championship. Headlining the field is Tom Brandes of Bellevue, Wash., who will be looking to defend his title in the championship, having won the event last year when it was held at Portland’s Columbia Edgewater CC. He has also won this championship in 2006. This year, Brandes has already won the Pacific Northwest Men’s Senior Amateur, and last month finished second in the British Senior Amateur, held at Royal Aberdeen in Scotland. He is the reigning PNGA Senior Men’s Player of the Year.
Also in the field are past champions Alex Stamey of Mill Creek, Wash. (2001); Karl Smith of Gig Harbor, Wash. (1991, ’96); Mike Haack of Bellevue, Wash. (2009); Dan Whitaker of Ellensburg, Wash. (2010); Erik Hanson of Kirkland, Wash. (2002), who last week qualified for the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship; and Sandy Harper of Nanaimo, B.C. (2007, ’11). On October 24, Harper will be inducted into the Golf Hall of Fame of BC.
Other players to watch for are Bjorn Bjorke of Port Orchard, Wash. who last month won the Washington State Mid-Amateur Championship; Kent Brown of Colville, Wash. who qualified last week, at age 65, for the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship; and Dave Farnam of Kent, Wash., an eight-time champion of the Seattle Amateur.
Entrants into this championship must be 25 years of age or older by September 9, 2013.
The Home Course opened in 2007 and was immediately ranked the No. 2 Public Course in Washington by Golfweek magazine. In 2010 it served as the companion course to Chambers Bay for the U.S. Amateur Championship, and also hosted the 2010 Sahalee Players Championship, won by Peter Uihlein, who six weeks later would win the U.S. Amateur. The Home Course will be the site of the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links. The course is co-owned and operated by the PNGA and the Washington State Golf Association.