The opening round of the 31st Pacific Northwest Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship was held today, September 1st, at Victoria, B.C.’s Bear Mountain Golf Resort on their Valley Course. The 54-hole championship is being conducted by Pacific Northwest Golf Association and concludes on Thursday, September 3rd.
Sean Fallows of Edmonds, Wash., Michael McAleer of Vancouver, B.C., and Craig Doell of Victoria, B.C. share the lead after the first round at three-under-par after each posted scores of 68 on the par-71 Valley Course.
Fallows got off to an impressive start, birdying four of his first seven holes. He made bogey on the par-4 8th hole and finished the front nine with a three-under-par 32. Two birdies and two bogeys on the back lead to an even-par 36 on the inward nine.
McAleer made birdie on four of his final seven holes to card a three-under-par 33 on the back side and get himself into a share for the lead.
Doell, champion of this event in 1999 and 2004 nearly kept his card clean, making only a single bogey on the difficult 13th hole, and adding four birdies to put himself in contention for a third title in the championship.
Other notable scores after round one include Erik Hanson, champion in 2002 and winner of this year’s PNGA Men’s Master-40 is just one back of the trio in the lead at -2 69. Rob Olson of Victoria, B.C. and Michael Kloenne of West Linn, Ore. are three strokes back at even-par 71.
Michael Moore of Vancouver, B.C. carded a hole-in-one today when he made a slam-dunk ace on the sixth hole. Moore hit a low 7-iron on the downhill, 173-yard par three to record his third career hole-in-one.
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Players must be 25 years of age or older by September 1, 2015 and require a USGA Handicap Index or Golf Canada Handicap Factor of 8.4 or lower to be eligible.
Opened in 2009 to complement the resort’s Mountain Course, the Valley Course challenges players with elevated teeing grounds, numerous lakes and creeks, and provides incredible views of Vancouver Island.