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Burkey and Smego Lead After First Round at PNGA Women’s Senior Team

The duo of Ginny Burkey and Lisa Smego grabbed the first round lead at the PNGA Women’s Senior Team Championship, being held this week at Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton Wash. The duo is looking for a three-peat, having won this championship the past two years.

Burkey, of Eugene, Ore., and Smego of Oro Valley, Ariz., combined for a 2-under par 69, playing in the championship’s Four-Ball format.

Sitting in second place, just one shot behind the leaders, is the team of Jackie Little of Port Alberni, B.C. and Kathryn McGarvey of North Vancouver, B.C. Little is a 2009 inductee into the Golf Hall of Fame of BC.

Smego won in 2012 with Karen Brannon as her teammate while Burkey won four consecutive times from 2008-2011 with Loree McKay as her teammate. The 2015 victory gave Burkey her sixth PNGA Women’s Senior Team Championship title, giving her for the most wins in this event (Pat Harrop-Schumacher of Sequim, Wash. has five).

The championship’s second round will be conducted in the Chapman format, with the third and final round being held in the Four-Ball format.

The 34th Pacific Northwest Men’s and Women’s Senior Team Championships are being held this week at Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash. The two championships are being held consecutively on Gold Mountain’s Cascade and Olympic courses, with the Women’s being held September 19-21 and the Men’s being held September 21-23.

Both championships consist of two-person teams, and each championship has a Super Senior division, all of which will be contested over 54 holes. The first and third round of each championship will be Four-Ball stroke play, while the second round for each championship will be in the Chapman format. Entrants must be 50 years of age or older prior to start of play in the first round.

The championships are being conducted by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA).

Click here for more information on the PNGA Women’s Senior Team, including pairings, tee times, a full list of past champions and more.

Players will be coming from all parts of the region, including Oregon, Washington, Idaho, British Columbia, Alberta, as well as from California and Arizona.