In today’s first round of qualifying at the 45th Pacific Northwest Master-40, the weather conditions were benign at Salishan Golf Links, but low scores were still difficult to come by, as only one player in the full field of 72 players broke par on the par-71 layout. Clare Langford of Bend, Ore. fired a 1-under par 70 at the Peter Jacobsen-designed layout on the mid-Oregon Coast.
With the course playing longer than normal with last week’s rains softening the fairways, and the greens rolling firm and fast, and hazards in play on nearly every hole, the region’s finest male amateur players over the age of 40 had their hands full.
The competitors will tee it up again tomorrow in the second round of qualifying, with the low 32 scores making the cut into the championship’s match-play bracket.
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Salishan Golf Links is an amenity of Salishan Resort. Originally opened in 1965, the golf course reopened in June of 2004 after a multimillion-dollar restoration overseen by Oregon golf legend and PGA Tour player Peter Jacobsen and his design firm, Jacobsen-Hardy Golf Design. The restoration preserves the layout and the spirit of Salishan’s fabled links while enhancing playability and opening the golf course to ocean views. Visit salishan.com/adventure/golf for more information.
During the current COVID-19 health crisis, the PNGA along with its championship venues are committed to the safety of all players, volunteers and staff of its championships, and have formulated a policy for safeguarding everyone’s safety.
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. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some cancellations have occurred in 2020, and the updated schedule can be viewed here.