The 64th Pacific Northwest Junior Boys’ Amateur and 63rd Pacific Northwest Junior Girls’ Amateur are being held this week at TimberStone Golf Course in Caldwell, Idaho. The region’s premier championships for junior golfers traditionally attract the strongest fields of the season from throughout the Northwest.
The two championships will be held concurrently August 13-17, and are being conducted by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA). Both championships are considered as counting events for the World Amateur Golf Ranking, as well as AJGA Performance Based Entry.
Both championships consist of 36 holes of stroke play qualifying, to be held August 13-14, to determine seeding for the match play portion of the championships. All matches are contested over 18 holes in a single-elimination format, with the exception of the two final matches on Friday, August 17, which will both be played over 36 holes.
In the Junior Boys’, among the players to watch for is defending champion Drew Warford of Snoqualmie, Wash., who won last year’s championship which was held at Florence (Ore.) Golf Links. Earlier this summer, Warford, who attends Mount Si High School, won the Washington 4A High School Boys’ State individual championship title, and was the medalist at a sectional qualifier for the U.S. Junior Amateur.
Also in the field is Mateo Fuenmayor of Beaverton, Ore., who won the 2018 Peter Jacobsen Junior Challenge.
The rich history of the PNGA Junior Boys’ Amateur Championship includes past champions such as World Golf Hall of Fame member Fred Couples, Web.com Tour players Alex Prugh and Andrew Yun, and John Bodenhamer, the former CEO and executive director of the PNGA who now is a senior director at the USGA.
In the Junior Girls’, players to watch for are Montgomery Ferreira of Tacoma, the 2018 Washington 4A High School Girls’ State individual champion, who the past two years was selected to play in the qualifier for the LPGA Tour’s ANA Inspiration; and Julia Bordeaux, also of Tacoma, who finished second to Ferreira in the 4A high school championship, and is Ferreira’s teammate on the Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma) girls’ golf team.
The storied history of the PNGA Junior Girls’ Amateur includes past champions Jo Ann Washam, Peggy Conley, Joan Edwards-Powell, Mary Budke, and JoAnne Gunderson Carner, all of whom would later be inducted into the Pacific Northwest Golf Hall of Fame after storied amateur and professional careers. Other past champions include current LPGA Tour players Paige Mackenzie and Jimin Kang.
To be eligible for the Pacific Northwest Junior Boys’ and Girls’ Amateurs, contestants must be 18 years of age or younger on August 17, 2018.
These championships are two of 15 regional championships conducted annually by the PNGA.
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.