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Crimp, Byrnes and Rude lead field into match play at 43rd Pacific Northwest Master-40 Amateur

Steve Rude (Vancouver, Wash.), Keith Crimp (Ellensburg, Wash.) and Jeff Byrnes (Buckley, Wash.) earned co-medalist honors today in stroke-play qualifying for seeding into the championship flight of the match-play bracket of the 43rd Pacific Northwest Master-40 Amateur Championship, being held this week at The Retreat & Links at Silvies Valley Ranch in Seneca, Ore.

The top 32 scores made it into the championship flight. Today’s qualifying round was held on the resort’s Hankins Course.

Rory, the Silivies’ superintendent’s dog stops by the first tee for a quick photo shoot.

Match play begins tomorrow, June 27, and will be held on the resort’s Craddock Course.

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.

Click here for complete scoring for all competitors.

Click here for complete information about the championship.

The two courses – Hankins and Craddock – at The Retreat & Links at Silvies Valley Ranch were designed by Dan Hixson, a native of Portland, Ore. who has designed other top Northwest courses. The uniqueness of the Hankins and Craddock courses is that they are reversible – among the 36 holes, there are just 27 greens and 16 fairways.

Silvies Valley Ranch is a 140,000-acre working cattle ranch. Dr. Scott Campbell, a native of nearby Burns, Ore. who made his mark as a veterinarian and CEO and former owner of Banfield Pet Hospital, purchased the property in 2007, and has performed extensive renovations to it, with the Retreat & Links now being the most public. Along with the two full-length golf courses, there is 9-hole par-3 course called Chief Egan, and a 7-hole extreme golf experience called McVeigh’s Gauntlet, which will open in July 2018 and come complete with goat caddies.

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