Cle Elum, Wash. – Erik Hanson of Kirkland, Wash. won the 57th PNGA Senior Men’s Amateur; Shelly Stouffer of Nanoose Bay, B.C. captured the 35th Senior Women’s; Brad Carey of Lake Oswego, Ore. claims 12th Super Senior Men’s; and Marcia Fisher of Molalla, Ore. defends her title in the 10th Super Senior Women’s Amateur.
The four championships were held concurrently this week at Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum, Wash., and conducted by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA). Round one was played on the Rope Rider course, rounds two and three were conducted on the Prospector course. All four were three-day 54-hole stroke-play competitions.
Senior & Super Senior Men’s Amateur:
Senior & Super Senior Women’s Amateur:
Erik Hanson went wire-to-wire to win the Senior Men’s championship, shooting rounds of 72-71-68 for a 211 total, good for a 12 shot victory. He was the only player in the field to shoot even-par or better in all three rounds. Finishing in second place was Craig Larson of Lakewood, Wash., who finished with a total of 223.
“It feels great (to take home the victory),” said Hanson, “I didn’t know what to expect coming into this week, I came close last year and my buddy Tom Brandes beat me on the last hole.”
Hanson largely credited his success this week to a new putting grip. He changed from the claw to a standard elbow-lock grip and was able to roll putts with more confidence.
This is the sixth individual PNGA title for Hanson, his first in the Senior Men’s championship. He is a regular competitor in Washington Golf and PNGA championships and just two weeks ago he and partner Tom Brandes of Bellevue, Wash. won the Washington Senior Men’s Four-Ball.
In the Senior Women’s championship, Stouffer put together rounds of 77-74-73 for a 224 total, cruising to an eight shot victory. Loree McKay of Portland, Ore. finished in second place with a total of 232.
“It feels awesome (to get the win),” said Stouffer. This is my first time playing in the PNGA Senior, and I was really happy to be able to come down here after not being able to the past couple years due to COVID.”
Stouffer is a regular on the B.C. Golf and Golf Canada circuit. She won the 2021 Canadian Senior Women’s Amateur championship and just last week she won her third straight B.C. Senior Women’s Championship. This is the second PNGA title for Stouffer, who won the 2012 PNGA Women’s Mid-Amateur.
Brad Carey shot rounds of 76-75-72 for a total of 223 to win the Super Senior Men’s Amateur. He finished three shots clear of Gary Heselton of Surrey, B.C. and Scott Masingill of Payette, Idaho who finished in a tie for second place.
“It feels great (to get the win),” said Carey. “I hit the ball really well for 54-holes, I didn’t putt that great, but good enough to get it done.”
Carey has been a long-time competitor in Oregon Golf Association and PNGA Championships. This is his first title in a PNGA championship.
In the Super Senior Women’s championship, PNGA Hall of Famer Marcia Fisher successfully defend her title after rounds of 80-80-77 to finish at 237. She finished 12 shots clear of second place finishers Karen Madison of Spokane Valley, Wash., who won this championship in 2015, and Sunny Sue Kim of Bellevue, Wash.
“It feels great (to get the win), and doing it back-to-back is even more exciting and special,” said Fisher. “My driver was happy this week and that was good because I needed that to get to some of the par-4s in two, but my favorite thing was just meeting new golfers and getting to play with new women. We just had a great time.”
Fisher was inducted into the Pacific Northwest Golf Hall of Fame in 2007. Among her many accomplishments was twice winning the PNGA Women’s Amateur (1989, 1991), and the Oregon Women’s Amateur an astonishing seven times. This marks her fifth PNGA title overall.
The PNGA Senior and Super Senior Men’s and Women’s amateur championships are four of 11 major, regional, amateur championships for men, women, juniors, and seniors conducted annually by the PNGA throughout the Northwest.
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 member associations throughout the Northwest.