Sandpoint, Idaho – Mateo Fuenmayor of Beaverton, Ore. shot rounds of 73-66 to earn medalist honors and the No. 1 seed heading into match play at the 119th PNGA Men’s Amateur Championship, hosted this week at the Idaho Club in Sandpoint, Idaho.
The top 64 players will advance and the format will now be 18-hole single-elimination match play starting Wednesday, July 28, with the 36-hole final match being contested on Saturday, July 31.
A six-for-two playoff will be conducted Wednesday morning at 7:00am to determine the final qualifiers for match play.
After opening with a 2-over par 73 on the challenging Idaho Club layout, Fuenmayor rallied with a 5-under 66 in today’s second round of stroke play qualifying to earn medalist honors.
“The first day I kind of struggled a little bit off the tee,” said Fuenmayor, “today the big difference was tee shots, I was setting myself up in good positions and didn’t have to scramble for pars.”
When asked about mindset heading into match play as the No. 1 seed, “If I came in as the 64 seed, I’d come in with the same mentality,” said Fuenmayor, “the seeding does not matter to me, it’s a nice bonus, but it doesn’t change my mindset at all.”
Fuenmayor is a rising sophomore on the Oregon State University Men’s Golf Team. He qualified for 2021 U.S. Amateur Championship and finished runner-up in the Oregon Amateur earlier this month.
The PNGA Men’s Amateur Championship is one of 11 major, regional, amateur championships for men, women, juniors, and seniors conducted annually by the PNGA throughout the Northwest.
About The Idaho Club
Opened in 2008, the course at The Idaho Club is Idaho’s only Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. It is surrounded by picturesque sub-ranges of the Rocky Mountains along the shores of Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho’s largest and deepest lake. The Idaho Club is just minutes from the town of Sandpoint, recently rated one of the “Top Ten small towns in the Western U.S.” by Sunset Magazine. Visit theidahoclub.com for more information.
About the Pacific Northwest Golf Association
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 member 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.