Pendleton, Ore. – Max Herendeen of Bellevue, Wash. shot rounds of 69-66 to earn stroke-play medalist honors at the 67th PNGA Junior Boys’ Amateur Championship; while Rebecca Kim of South Surrey, B.C. shot rounds of 71-69 to earn stroke-play medalist honors at the 66th PNGA Junior Girls’ Amateur Championships. Both players will be the No. 1 seeds entering the match play portion in their respective championships.
The championships are being held concurrently this week at Wildhorse Golf Course in Pendleton, Ore.
Herendeen, who entered today’s round three shots behind round one leader Lucas Vanderlip of Gold Beach, Ore., started his second round on an absolute tear. He made six birdies in his first seven holes en route to a 5-under 31 on the front nine. He went on to shoot a 35 on the back nine and vaulted up the leaderboard into medalist position. Herendeen will take on No. 32 seed Forrest Van Alstine of Vancouver, B.C. in tomorrow’s Round of 32 match at 7:30am.
The 17-year-old Herendeen is looking to continue his outstanding summer on the golf course. In May he won the WIAA 3A Boys High-School State Championship, in June he finished in second at the Washington Men’s Amateur, he qualified for and played in the U.S. Junior Amateur in July, and just last week he won the Boys Junior PGA Championship.
In the Junior Girls’, Kim entered the day six shots back of round one leader June Hsiao of Coquitlam, B.C. Kim got off to a hot start in today’s round with birdies on the second and third holes. She made a double bogey on the tenth hole and the proceeded to make it up (and then some) with birdies on the next three holes. Kim will face No. 16 seed Lucia Morelli of Mercer Island, Wash. in tomorrow’s Round of 16 match at 10:00am.
Kim is a rising senior in high-school, part of the class of 2023. Earlier this summer she placed 9th at the British Columbia Women’s Amateur. In April, she was named the Player of the Month by the Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA).
The two championships are being held concurrently August 15-19, and are being conducted by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA). Both championships are considered as counting events for the World Amateur Golf Ranking, as well as AJGA Performance Based Entry.
Both championships consist of 36 holes of stroke play qualifying, to be held August 15-16, to determine seeding for the match play portion of the championships. For the Boys’ championship, 32 players will advance to match play; and for the Girls’, 16 players will advance.
All matches will be contested over 18 holes in a single-elimination format, with the exception of the two final matches, which will both be played over 36 holes on Friday, August 19.