Pat O’Donnell of Happy Valley, Ore. shot the only under-par round of the day, a 1-under 71, to take the first round lead at the 55th Pacific Northwest Senior Men’s Amateur; while Scott Masingill of Payette, Idaho and Tom Phillips of Scottsdale, Ariz. both shot even-par 72 to sit tied for the lead in the 10th Pacific Northwest Super Senior Men’s Amateur.
Both championships are being held concurrently this week at Florence (Ore.) Golf Links.
O’Donnell, the 2016 PNGA Senior Men’s Player of the Year, had four birdies against three bogeys on the par-72 layout on the southern Oregon Coast. He holds a slim 1-shot lead over Greg Sanders of Anchorage, Larry Watts of Springfield, Ore. and Norm Bradley of Kelowna, B.C.
Masingill and Phillips are three shots clear of Chris Indall of Richland, Wash. and Gary Vanier and Tetonia, Idaho, who are both tied for second. Masingill was inducted into the Pacific Northwest Golf Hall of Fame in 2003.
The second round of the three-day 54-hole stroke-play competitions will be held tomorrow, June 5.
The Pacific Northwest Senior and Super Senior Men’s Amateur championships are two of 15 major, regional, amateur championships for men, women, juniors, and seniors conducted annually by the PNGA throughout the Northwest.
The PNGA was founded on February 4, 1899. It is a 501c3 charitable, international, amateur golf association dedicated to preserving the true spirit of golf by supporting its allied associations, conducting quality championships, and promoting activities beneficial to golfers in the Pacific Northwest. For more than a century, the Association has been a pioneer in developing competitions and services and its mission has grown and evolved. Today, the PNGA remains committed to being a truly regional organization providing benefits and services to its members and member clubs throughout the Northwest.