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Baumgart earns No. 1 seed at PNGA Women’s Amateur; Jacobs medals at Mid-Amateur

Emily Baumgart of Walla Walla, Wash. shot rounds of 73-66 to earn medalist honors in the 118th Pacific Northwest Women’s Amateur Championship; while Amanda Jacobs of Portland shot rounds of 67-72 to easily earn medalist honors in the 18th Pacific Northwest Women’s Mid-Amateur.

Both championships are being held concurrently this week on the par-71 Arrowhead Golf Club in Molalla, Ore., and are conducted by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA).

Emily Baumgart (left) and Amanda Jacobs
Emily Baumgart (left) and Amanda Jacobs

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Baumgart and Jacobs have earned the No. 1 seeds in their respective match-play brackets. For the Women’s Amateur, 32 players advance to match play, while 16 players continue in the Women’s Mid-Amateur bracket.

The format will now be 18-hole single-elimination match play starting Wednesday, July 17, with the final match for each being contested on Friday, July 19. The Women’s Amateur will have a 36-hole final match, and the Mid-Amateur final match will be contested over 18 holes.

In the Women’s Amateur, Baumgart’s round of 5-under-par 66 today included six birdies against one bogey. She is a two-time Washington Class B High School individual state champion, who now is a sophomore on the Washington State University women’s golf team. Earlier this month, she qualified for the 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur, which will be held in August.

For Jacobs, this is the second consecutive No. 1 seeding she has earned in the Women’s Mid-Amateur. She has her sights on her fourth title in this championship. She is the defending champion, and also won in 2014 and 2016. Jacobs is a three-time PNGA Women’s Mid-Amateur Player of the Year.

First held in 1899, the Pacific Northwest Women’s Amateur Championship is one of the oldest amateur golf championships in the world. Past champions include Pacific Northwest Golf Hall of Famers who made up the Golden Age of female golfers in the Northwest such as JoAnne Carner, Jo Ann Washam, Pat Lesser Harbottle, Edean Ihlanfeldt, Violet Pooly Sweeney, Marcia Fisher, and Betty Jean Hulteng, among others. Past champions also include many others who would later go on to the LPGA Tour, such as Jimin Kang, Peggy Conley, Ruth Jessen and Shirley Englehorn.

The Pacific Northwest Women’s Amateur and Mid-Amateur are two 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.