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Gallacher and Lindbjerg Post Final Round 66 to Claim 32nd Pacific Northwest Men’s Senior Team Championship

John Gallacher of Burnaby, B.C. and Gudmund Lindbjerg of Port Moody, B.C. posted a 5-under par 66 to come from behind and win the 32nd Pacific Northwest Men’s Senior Team Championship, held at Sunriver Resort. The 54-hole championship was held on the resort’s Woodlands and Meadows courses, and was conducted by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA).

John Gallacher and Gudmund Lindbjerg
John Gallacher (L) and Gudmund Lindbjerg, winners of the 32nd PNGA Men’s Senior Team Championship

The duo of Gallacher and Lindbjerg began the day one shot behind second-round leaders Charles Griswold and Don Orrell, both of Bend, Ore., and posted their bogey-free round in the Four-Ball format on the resort’s Meadows Course for a three-shot victory. Griswold and Orrell finished tied for second.

Gallacher and Lindbjerg had seized an early lead after round one, which was held on the resort’s par-72 Woodlands Course, with a 7-under par 65 in the Four-Ball format. They struggled the second day in the Chapman format, finishing with a 1-over par 72 on the resort’s par-71 Meadows Course. But all scores were higher under the Chapman format, so they didn’t lose much ground.

“John and I have played many years in best-ball events,” Lindbjerg said. “So we know how to do that. It’s difficult to play Chapman. It gets a little confusing.”

Gallacher and Lindbjerg have played as a team in this championship for more than a decade. “We always play to win,” Lindbjerg continued. “And were finally able to finish it this year.”

Said Gallacher of the championship’s different formats: “You still have to create opportunities for birdies. We’re both pretty consistent off the tee, so that helps (in the Chapman format). But it’s a struggle when you’re playing your partner’s ball and trying not to make things too difficult for him. It’s not alternate shot, but it sure feels like it.”