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John Sand Claims Medalist Honors at PNGA Junior Boys’ Championship

John Sand of Hoquiam, Wash. posted a tournament-best three-under-par 69 in Round Two to claim Medalist Honors at the 60th Pacific Northwest Junior Boys’ Amateur Championship. The Championship is being held at Emerald Valley Golf and Resort in Creswell, Ore.

Sand accumulated a whopping seven birdies in Round Two, finishing with four on the back nine to earn a two-stroke hold over Medalist Honors. In Round One, Sand shot even-par 72, to claim the No. 1 Seed at a two-day total of three-under-par 141.

Matt Marrese of Bellevue, Wash. complete Round Two with an even-par 72 to claim the No. 2 Seed heading into the Championship Flight Match Play bracket. Marrese had an up-and-down round with six birdies and six bogies, and finished two behind Sand at one-under-par 143 total.

Marrese won the 2014 Pacific Northwest Junior PGA title at Lake Spanaway Golf Course in Tacoma, Wash. earlier this summer. He defeated John Sand by one stroke in that event, and defending Pacific Northwest Junior Boys Amateur Champion Frank Garber, who finished in third.

Ben Wanichek of Eugene, Ore., Riley Elmes of Lake Oswego, Ore., and Alex Wrenn of Lake Oswego, Ore. all completed Stroke Play Qualifying at even-par 144.

Elmes won the 2014 Oregon Junior Amateur Championship in late June this summer at Waverley Country Club in Portland, Ore.

32 players qualified for the Championship Flight. All players with two-day totals of 152 or better will make-up the Championship Flight field. A playoff was held for the three players who finished at 153, with only two advancing to the top Flight. Trever Lohman of Bellevue, Wash. chipped in on the second hole of the playoff to advance, along with Scott Chu of Vancouver, B.C.

Match play will be single elimination 18-hole matches, with the exception of the Final match of the Championship Flight, which will be 36 holes on August 15th. All other flights will consist of eight-player fields.
This championship is being conducted by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA). This is one of 16 regional championships conducted annually by the PNGA.

The 60th Pacific Northwest Junior Boys’ Amateur Championship is being played at 6, 727 yards at the par-72 Emerald Valley Golf and Resort.