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Five tied for lead after first round of qualifying at PNGA Master-40

After the opening round of stroke-play qualifying at the 46th Pacific Northwest Men’s Master-40 Amateur Championship, five players find themselves in a tie for the lead heading into day two.

Mark Newman of Eagle, Idaho, Luke Wilson of Fife, Wash., Benjamin Richardson of Spokane, Wash., Tom Lewis of Olympia, Wash. and Craig Larson of Lakewood, Wash. all shot rounds of 2-under par 70 to each grab a share of the lead.

Championship links:

The championship is being hosted this week at Wildhorse Golf Course in Pendleton, Ore. and is conducted by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA). The field consists of the top male amateur golfers in the Pacific Northwest over the age of 40.

This year’s championship begins with 36 holes of stroke-play qualifying on August 9-10 to determine match-play seeding. The top 32 competitors will qualify and compete in the championship flight for single-elimination match play. All matches will be contested over 18 holes and played at scratch, with the final match being held Friday, August 13.

The Pacific Northwest Master-40 Amateur has previously been held at Wildhorse Golf Course in 2006 and 2012. The championship is one of 11 major, regional, amateur championships for men, women, juniors, and seniors conducted annually by the PNGA throughout the Northwest.