No. 1 seed Larson advances in PNGA Master-40 match play
The rounds of 32 and 16 were held today in the 46th Pacific Northwest Men’s Master-40 Amateur Championship, being held this week at Wildhorse Golf Course in Pendleton, Ore., and No. 1 seed Craig Larson of Lakewood, Wash. successfully advanced through both matches.
Just eight players remain in contention after today’s rounds. The remaining players will square off in the quarterfinals tomorrow morning, August 12, followed by the semifinals tomorrow afternoon.
In this morning’s round of 32 match, Larson defeated Mike Kerns of Seattle, Wash. by a score of 3&1; while in this afternoon’s round of 16 he downed Benjamin Richardson of Spokane, Wash. by a score of 4&3. Larson will square off against Tom Lewis of Olympia, Wash. in tomorrow morning’s quarterfinal round.
Lewis secured his spot in the quarterfinals by defeating Brett Curtis of Sammamish, Wash. in the round of 32 by a score of 1 up. In this afternoon’s round of 16 he dispatched 2016 champion Dana Christianson of Tacoma, Wash. by a score of 4&3.
Three past champions have advanced to tomorrow’s quarterfinal round including Ken Wade (2004) of Kennewick, Wash., Erik Hanson (2007, 2010, 2015, 2017) of Kirkland, Wash. and Jeff Strickland (2019) of Mill Creek, 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.