Drew Warford of Snoqualmie, Wash. shot rounds of 66-70 to earn medalist honors and the No. 1 seed heading into the match-play competition of the 64th Pacific Northwest Junior Boys’ Amateur. He is looking to defend his title, having won this championship last year on his 16th birthday.
In the PNGA Junior Girls’, Montgomery Ferreira of Tacoma, Wash. shot rounds of 71-75 to take medalist honors and the No. 1 seed in the 63rd Pacific Northwest Junior Girls’ Amateur.
The two championships are being held concurrently August 13-17 at TimberStone Golf Course in Caldwell, Idaho, 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.
Match play for both championships begins tomorrow, August 15. The top 32 players in the Junior Boys’ will now advance to the championship flight, and the Junior Girls’ bracket has now been seeded. The brackets will consist of single-elimination 18-hole matches, with the final matches for both championships being held Friday, August 17, and each being contested over 36 holes.
Warford is looking to add to his already impressive summer accomplishments. In good shape in looking to defend his title in this championship, earlier this summer he 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.
Other players making the championship flight match-play bracket in the Junior Boy’s is Mateo Fuenmayor of Beaverton, Ore., who shot rounds of 69-69. Earlier this year he won the 2018 Peter Jacobsen Junior Challenge.
Ferreira is the 2018 Washington 4A High School Girls’ State individual champion, playing for Tacoma’s Bellarmine Prep, and the past two years was selected to play in the qualifier for the LPGA Tour’s ANA Inspiration. In 2012, her older sister Jordan won the Pacific Northwest Junior Girls’ Amateur.
The shot of the day came from Drew Halili of Port Orchard, Wash., who aced the 168-yard par-3 17th.
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Congratulations to Drew Halili (Port Orchard, Wash.) on his Hole-In-One today on the 168 yard par-3 17th hole at @TimberStoneGCID!
— PNGA Championships (@PNGALIVE) August 14, 2018
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.
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.