The 44th Pacific Northwest Master-40 Amateur Championship is being held June 24-27 at Wine Valley Golf Club in Walla Walla, Wash. The championship, which is conducted by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA), consists of the top amateur male golfers in the Pacific Northwest over the age of 40.
This year’s championship begins on Monday, June 24 with an 18-hole stroke-play qualifying round to determine match-play seeding. The top 32 competitors will be seeded and compete in the championship flight for single-elimination match play.
The Round of 32 and Round of 16 in the championship flight will take place on Tuesday, June 25. The quarterfinal and semifinal matches will be played on Wednesday, followed by the final match of 18 holes on Thursday, June 27. All matches are played at scratch.
In this year’s full field is defending champion Darren Kuhn of Pocatello, Idaho, who won this championship last year when it was held at Silvies Valley Ranch in Seneca, Ore. Also in the field is four-time past champion Erik Hanson of Kirkland, Wash.; and Tyler Daniels of Walla Walla, who is the golf course superintendent at Wine Valley.
Opened in 2009, Wine Valley was designed by Dan Hixson, a native of Portland, Ore. who has designed other top Northwest courses. The course has already hosted numerous local and regional championships, has been the home of the annual Northwest Open since 2010, and earlier this month was the site of the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier.
The Pacific Northwest Master-40 Amateur is one 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.