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Match Play Brackets Set at PNGA Junior Amateur Championships

Bellingham, Wash. – Stroke play qualifying is complete, and the match play brackets are now set for the 68th Pacific Northwest Junior Boys’ Amateur and 67th Junior Girls’ Amateur championships.

Both championships are taking place concurrently from August 14th to 18th at the North Bellingham Golf Course in Bellingham, Washington. These events hold significance as they are considered counting events for the World Amateur Golf Ranking, as well as AJGA Performance Based Entry.

Championship Links:

Junior Boys’:

Junior Girls’:

Conrad Chisman

Conrad Chisman of Stanwood, Wash., secured the stroke play medalist honors and clinched the No. 1 seed in the Junior Boys’ bracket, ending with an impressive 8-under par after rounds of 67-68. He completed the stroke play segment with a two-shot lead over the No. 2 seed, Grady Millar of Vancouver, Wash.

Chisman, a rising senior at Stanwood High School, has verbally committed to playing college golf at Seattle University after completing high school. Tomorrow, in the Round of 32, he will compete against the No. 32 seed, Calvin Cakarnis of Issaquah, Wash.

Other notable players to advance to match play in the Junior Boys’ Amateur include:

  • No. 7 seed Trey Lambert (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho) – won the 13-14 age division at the 2023 Idaho Junior Boys’ Amateur.
  • No. 27 seed Baylor Larrabee (Ferndale, Wash.) – Won the 2023 WIAA 4A High School Boys’ State Championship. Won the individual title at the 2023 Eddie Hogan Cup.
  • No. 29 seed Braxton McDonald (Coldstream, B.C.) – finished runner-up at the 2022 PNGA Junior Boys’ Amateur.
Chelsea Truong

In the Junior Girls’ Amateur, Chelsea Truong from Victoria, B.C., secured the stroke play medalist honors and earned the No. 1 seed in the Junior Girls’ bracket, after finishing at 1-over par after rounds of 75-70. She finished the stroke play segment with a four-shot lead over the No. 2 seed, Yeeun Kwon of Vancouver, B.C.

Earlier this summer, Truong won the 2023 B.C. Women’s Amateur Championship. In the upcoming Round of 16 tomorrow, she will compete against the No. 16 seed, Dara Miao of White Rock, B.C.

Other notable players to advance to match play in the Junior Girls’ Amateur include:

  • No. 4 seed Amy Seung Hyun Lee (Langley, B.C.) – Won the 2023 B.C. Junior Girls’ Championship.
  • No. 6 seed Ira Upadhyay (Issaquah, Wash.) – Won the 12 and under age division at the 2023 PNW Girls Junior PGA Championship.
  • No. 12 seed Avery Bayer (Pinehurst, Idaho) – Won the 15-18 age division at the 2023 Idaho Junior Girls’ Amateur.

Both championships began with 36-holes of stroke play qualifying (August 14-15) to determine seeding for the match play portion of the championships. For the Boys’ championship, 32 players advanced to match play; and for the Girls’, 16 players advanced.

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 18th.

To be eligible for the PNGA Junior Boys’ and Girls’ Amateur Championships, contestants must have not reached their 19th birthday by midnight of August 18, 2023, and must have a Handicap Index or Factor not exceeding 8.4 for Boys’ or 12.4 for Girls’.

These championships are two of 11 major, regional, amateur championships for men, women, juniors and senior conducted annually by the PNGA throughout the Northwest.

About North Bellingham Golf Course

North Bellingham Golf Course in Bellingham, Washington, was opened in July 1995. The course has been designed to naturally integrate the open field qualities of the historic Wilder Ranch by Ted Locke. Golfers enjoy panoramic views of Mt. Baker while being challenged by the prevailing gale winds sweeping across the landscape of this “Real Scottish Style Links Course.”