DuPont, Wash. – Angela Arora of Surrey, B.C. and Amanda Jacobs of Portland, Ore., the No. 1 seeds in the match-play brackets of the 119th PNGA Women’s Amateur and 19th Women’s Mid-Amateur, respectively, both advanced in today’s matches.
Both championships are being held concurrently this week at The Home Course in DuPont, Wash. and are conducted by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA).
Arora had earned a bye in this morning’s round of 32, and in the afternoon round of 16 she overcame an early deficit to defeat Emersyn Walker of Lakewood, Wash., 2-up.
Walker had built a 2-up lead after 10 holes, but Arora would win four of the next eight holes. She had a 1-up lead standing on the 18th tee, but closed out the match with the birdie on the 380-yard par-4.
In tomorrow morning’s quarterfinal match, Arora will face Mary Scott Wolfe of Beaverton, Ore., teeing off at 7:30am. Wolfe, the No. 8 seed, had won both her matches today by margins of 7 and 6 against Kathryn Crimp of Ellensburg, Wash., and 5 and 4 against Julia Bordeaux of Tacoma.
Arora is a member of the Canadian National Junior Team, and Wolfe was the 2019 Oregon Junior Amateur champion and is now a rising sophomore on the Gonzaga University women’s golf team.
Jacobs, the No. 1 seed in the Women’s Mid-Amateur, easily handled her round of 16 opponent Marcia Fisher of Molalla, Ore., 7 and 5. Fisher is a 2007 inductee in the Pacific Northwest Golf Hall of Fame. Jacobs is trying for her fourth title in this championship.
Jacobs had earned the No. 1 seed in the Women’s Mid-Amateur by blistering the course in the 36-hole qualifying with rounds of 68-67, outdistancing second-place finisher Jacqueline Bendrick by 10 shots.
In tomorrow morning’s quarterfinal match, Jacobs will square off against Rosie Cook of Bend, Ore. Earlier this season, Cook had won the PNGA Senior Women’s Amateur. Their match will tee off at 8:15am.
The semifinal matches for both championships will be held tomorrow afternoon.
The format for both championships continues for the rest of the week with 18-hole single-elimination match play, with the final match for each being contested on Friday, July 23. The Women’s Amateur will have a 36-hole final match, and the Mid-Amateur final match will be contested over 18 holes.