McCall, Idaho – Jesse Hibler of Meridian, Idaho shot rounds of 73-68 to earn medalist honors in qualifying at the 47th Pacific Northwest Men’s Master-40 Amateur Championship, being held this week at Jug Mountain Ranch in McCall, Idaho. Hibler will be the No. 1 seed entering the match play portion of the championship.
The championship began with 36 holes of stroke-play qualifying on August 29-30 to determine match play seeding. The top 32 players have qualified for single-elimination match play. All matches will be contested over 18 holes, with the final match being held Friday, September 2.
After opening with a 1-over 73 yesterday, Hibler caught fire early in today’s round. He was 7-under after 15-holes before cooling off with three straight bogeys to end it.
Hibler is looking to defend his title in the Men’s Master-40, having won the championship last year at Wildhorse Golf Course (Pendleton, Ore.).
Among the players to advance to the match play portion of the championship are last year’s runner-up Craig Larson of Lakewood, Wash.; 2018 champion Darren Kuhn of Pocatello, Idaho; 2016 champion Dana Christianson of Tacoma, Wash.; 2014 champion Nate Hair of Spokane, Wash.; and 1997 champion and PNGA Hall-of-Famer Scott Masingill of Payette, Idaho.
This year’s championship is being hosted this week at Jug Mountain Ranch in McCall, Idaho and is conducted by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA). The field consists of the top male amateur golfers in the Pacific Northwest over the age of 40.
The Pacific Northwest Men’s Master-40 Amateur is one of 11 major, regional, amateur championships for men, women, juniors, and seniors conducted annually by the PNGA throughout the Northwest.