Stroke play qualifying commenced Monday at The Links Golf Club in Post Falls, Idaho, as 32 players began their pursuit of the 58th Pacific Northwest Junior Girls’ Amateur Championship. Aleana Groenhout of Redmond, Wash. fired a 2-under par 70 to capture medalist honors over Kathy Lim of Langley, B.C. by one stroke.
The cut to make it into the 16-player Championship Flight was 6-over par 78. Celia Beyke of Federal Way, Wash., Lauren Rutherglen of Kelowna, B.C. and Yuri Machida of Redmond, Wash. sat in a tie and had a playoff for the final two qualifying spots. After all three players made par on the first playoff hole, Rutherglen and Beyke prevailed after Machida called a penalty on herself in the greenside bunker on the 2nd playoff hole.
Match play begins tomorrow morning at 7:30am with the 16-player championship flight matches playing first followed by the remaining flights of 8.
The rich history of the PNGA Junior Girls’ Amateur Championship has included past champions and PNGA Hall of Famers, Jo Ann Washam, Peggy Conley, Joan Edwards-Powell, Mary Budke, and JoAnne Gunderson-Carner. Other past champions include LPGA Tour Players Paige Mackenzie and Jimin Kang.