Craig Larson of Lakewood, Wash. shot rounds of 70-67 to earn medalist honors in qualifying at the 46th Pacific Northwest Men’s Master-40 Amateur Championship, being held this week at Wildhorse Golf Course in Pendleton, Ore. Larson will be the No. 1 seed entering the match play portion of the championship.
Larson is a longtime competitor in PNGA championships and previously earned medalist honors at this championship in 2016. He won the PNGA Men’s Senior Team Championship three times, with partner Erik Hanson of Kirkland, Wash., before the championship was retired in 2019.
Among the players to advance to the match play portion of the championship are 2018 champion Darren Kuhn of Pocatello, Idaho; 2009 champion Ken Wade of Kennewick, Wash.; 2014 champion Nate Hair of Spokane, Wash.; 2016 champion Dana Christianson of Tacoma, Wash.; 2019 champion Jeff Strickland of Mill Creek, Wash.; and four-time champion Erik Hanson of Kirkland, Wash.
This year’s championship began with 36 holes of stroke-play qualifying on August 9-10 to determine match play seeding. The top 32 players have qualified for single-elimination match play. All matches will be contested over 18 holes and played at scratch, with the final match being held Friday, August 13.
The championship, which is conducted by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA), consists of the top amateur male golfers in the Pacific Northwest over the age of 40.
The Pacific Northwest Master-40 Amateur has previously been held at Wildhorse Golf Course in 2006 and 2012. The championship is one of 11 major, regional, amateur championships for men, women, juniors, and seniors conducted annually by the PNGA throughout the Northwest.