Northwest players advance at U.S. Men’s and Women’s Mid-Amateur Championships
The U.S. Mid-Amateur and Women’s Mid-Amateur Championships are being conducted this week on the east coast of the United States. A total of three men and six women from the Northwest advanced to match play at the respective championships.
The three players to advance to the Round of 64 in the Mid-Amateur are Daniel Campbell of Bellingham, Wash., Arnell Garza of Kennewick, Wash. and Taylor Klopp of Vancouver, Wash. All three players will complete their first match tomorrow morning, September 28, after the championship schedule was impacted by weather.
Campbell played collegiately at the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, B.C. He finished T3 at this year’s PNGA Men’s Mid-Amateur.
Garza competed in the 2004 U.S. Amateur Public Links and is a former U.S. Air Force serviceman.
Klopp competed collegiately at Linfield University and was two-time All-America Scholar.
In the Women’s Mid-Amateur, the six players to advance to the Round of 64 are Lara Tennant of Portland, Ore., Jacqueline Bendrick of Mercer Island, Wash., Amanda Jacobs of Portland, Ore., Hana Ku of Seattle, Wash., Nonie Marler of Vancouver, B.C. and Gretchen Johnson of Portland, Ore.
Of the six, Tennant, Bendrick, Jacobs and Marler all won their opening matches and have advanced to the Round of 32, being played on Tuesday, September 28. Ku was defeated in her opening match by a score of 1 up, while Johnson dropped her opening match in 19-holes.
Tennant is a three-time PNGA Player of the Year award recipient (2017-19) and she just recently won the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur for the third consecutive time.
Bendrick is the reigning Washington Women’s Mid-Amateur champion. She finished runner-up in this year’s PNGA Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship.
Jacobs was named a PNGA Player of the Year in 2015, 2016 and 2017. This summer she won the PNGA Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship for the fourth time.
Marler finished second in this year’s Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship.