Seneca, Ore. – Adam Harrington of Portland, Ore. fired an opening round 5-under 67 on the Craddock Course at Silvies Valley Ranch to take a one-shot lead after the opening round of the 36th PNGA Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship.
The 54-hole stroke-play championship is being held this week, Sept. 14-16 at Silvies Valley Ranch in Seneca, Ore. The second round of play will take place on the resort’s Hankins Course and the final round on the Craddock Course.
Harrington started off the round on a tear, carding four birdies in the first six holes to finish the front-nine with a 32, before cooling off with a 35 on the back. He holds a one-shot lead entering tomorrow’s second round over, Brandon Mader of Prineville, Ore., Daniel Campbell of Bellingham, Wash. and Cody Roth of Bellingham, Wash.
Harrington, who plays out of Portland (Ore.) Golf Club, is seeking his first title in a PNGA Championship. Earlier this summer, he competed in the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship at Chambers Bay and just last month he qualified for the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship.
To be eligible for this championship, players must be 25 years of age or older by September 16, 2021 and have a USGA Handicap Index or Golf Canada Handicap Factor of 8.4 or lower.
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 Silvies Valley Ranch
The two courses – Hankins and Craddock – at The Retreat & Links at Silvies Valley Ranch were designed by Dan Hixson, a native of Portland, Ore. who has designed other top Northwest courses. The uniqueness of the Hankins and Craddock courses is that they are reversible – among the 36 holes, there are just 27 greens and 16 fairways. Silvies Valley Ranch is a 140,000-acre working cattle ranch. Dr. Scott Campbell, a native of nearby Burns, Ore. who made his mark as a veterinarian and CEO and former owner of Banfield Pet Hospital, purchased the property in 2007, and has performed extensive renovations to it, with the Retreat & Links now being the most public. Along with the two full-length golf courses, there is 9-hole par-3 course called Chief Egan, and a 7-hole extreme golf experience called McVeigh’s Gauntlet, which will open in July 2018 and come complete with goat caddies.