Kendall Gray of Federal Way, Wash. defeated Bree Wanderscheid of Goldendale, Wash. 2 and 1 in the Final match to win the 58th Pacific Northwest Junior Girls’ Amateur Championship, which was held this week at The Links Golf Club in Post Falls, Idaho.
Although the match was close throughout the day, Gray’s consistent play never allowed Wanderscheid to quite catch her. With a birdie on the par-4 16th hole, Wanderscheid was able to get to just 1-down, but on the par-3 17th hole she put her tee shot into a tough lie inside a greenside bunker and was not able to save par. Gray two-putted for par to lock up the title. Gray played the 17 holes of the match at even par.
Gray and Wanderscheid are very close friends, having played many junior tournaments together. Gray will be a senior in high school, and this championship was her last junior event, other than her upcoming high school golf season. Wanderscheid’s older brother Zach won the 2009 Pacific Northwest Junior Boys’ Amateur.
This is one of 16 regional championships conducted annually by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA).
The rich history of the PNGA Junior Girls’ Amateur Championship has included 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 PNGA Hall of Fame after storied amateur and professional careers. Other past champions include current LPGA Tour players Paige Mackenzie and Jimin Kang.