Pacific Northwest Senior and Super Senior Women's Amateur Championships Look Forward to Return
The Pacific Northwest Senior Women’s Amateur and Pacific Northwest Super Senior Women’s Amateur will be held concurrently at Fairwood Golf & Country Club in Renton, Wash. The championships will be played over two 18-hole rounds, and will be held October 6-7, 2014.
This is the 28th playing of the Senior Women’s Championship, and the 3rd playing of the Super Senior Women’s Championship. Both championships are conducted by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA).
The first round will begin with an 11:00 a.m. shotgun start on Monday, October 6, with the final round being a 9:00 a.m. shotgun start on Tuesday. For tee times, pairings and to follow along with live scoring, please visit www.thepnga.org.
Both championships were set to be hosted last October at Arrowhead Golf Club in Molalla, Ore. The first round was cancelled due to rain, with hopes of the weather subsiding before the second round; however, the heavy rain resulted in course conditions being unplayable, and both championships were cancelled. The PNGA and Fairwood Golf & Country Club are excited for the return of these championships.
In the Senior Women’s Amateur, 64 players will compete in four divisions created by date of birth. All players must be 50 years of age of older before October 6. In the Super Senior Women’s Amateur, 26 players will compete in two divisions, and must be 65 years of age or older.
A strong field in the Senior Women’s Amateur is headlined by past champions. Alison Murdoch of Victoria, B.C. won this championship in 2005 and 2011. The PNGA Hall of Famer has performed well this year, winning the Washington State Senior Women’s Amateur by five strokes at Port Ludlow (Wash.) Golf Club in June. Jackie Little of Port Alberni, B.C. was champion in 2008 and 2009.
Ginny Burkey of Fircrest, Wash. and Lisa Smego of Olympia, Wash. recently won the PNGA Women’s Senior Team Championship in Sunriver, Ore. Both Burkey and Smego finished in the top 5 of the Washington State Senior Women’s Amateur. Smego also won this year’s Washington State Senior Women’s Champion of Champions.
Denise Kieffer of University Place, Wash. is another top-5 finisher in the Washington State Senior Women’s Amateur. Her greatest accomplishment of the season was her run at the 2014 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship, held last month at Hollywood Golf Club in Deal, N.J. She qualified for the national championship, and made it through the stroke-play opening rounds to get to match play before being eliminated.
In the Super Senior Women’s Amateur, past champions Carol Holm of Renton, Wash. and Beverly McGladery of Vancouver, B.C. headline the field.
PNGA Hall of Famer Ann Swanson of Bellevue, Wash. joins the Super Senior ranks, after winning the Senior Championship in 2000.
The Senior Championship will be played as a 5,518-yard par 71. The Super Senior Championship will also be a par 71, with a yardage of 5,238.
The Pacific Northwest Senior Women’s and Super Senior Women’s Amateur are two of 16 major, regional, amateur championships for men, women, juniors, and seniors conducted annually throughout the Northwest by the PNGA.