Molalla, Ore. – The 30th Pacific Northwest Senior Women’s Amateur and 5th Super Senior Women’s Amateur Championships are being held concurrently at Arrowhead Golf Club in Molalla, Ore. on October 3-4.
The championships consist of 36 holes of stroke play, and are being conducted by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA).
Last year’s Senior Women’s Amateur Championship saw Leilani Norman of Eugene, Ore. survive a three-way, four-hole playoff with Ginny Burkey, also of Eugene, and Anita Wicks of Roseburg, Ore. to win. There was also a playoff in the Super Senior Women’s Amateur, and Karen Madison of East Wenatchee, Wash. won the title on the third playoff hole against Sharon Drivstuen of Mukilteo, Wash.
Norman would go on to be named the 2015 PNGA Senior Women’s Player of the Year, while Madison would be named the 2015 WSGA Senior Women’s Player of the Year.
Both Norman and Madison are in the fields this year, with Norman looking to defend her title in the Senior Women’s Amateur. This year, Madison is competing in the Senior Amateur, rather than the Super Senior Women’s.
Notable names participating in the Senior Women’s this year are Alison Murdoch of Victoria, B.C., member of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame, Pacific Northwest Golf Hall of Fame, Golf Hall of Fame of BC and five-time PNGA Senior Women’s Player of Year, who won the PNGA Senior Women’s in 2005 and 2011; Sandra Turbide of Maple Ridge, B.C., who twice won the Pacific Northwest Women’s Mid-Amateur (2010, 2011); Marcia Fisher of Canby, Ore., who was inducted into the Pacific Northwest Golf Hall of Fame in 2007; Denise Kieffer of University Place, Wash., who was honored as the WSGA Senior Women’s Player of the Year in 2014; and Kathryn McGarvey of North Vancouver, B.C., who last month won (with partner Jackie Little) the Pacific Northwest Women’s Senior Team Championship. Last year’s co-runners-up, Burkey and Wicks, are also in the field this year.
Those to watch for in the Super Senior Amateur include Mary Ryan of Renton, Wash., who last month won (with partner Sun Douthit) the Pacific Northwest Women’s Super Senior Team Championship.
To be eligible, competitors in the Senior Women’s Amateur must be 50 years of age or older by the first day of competition, while Super Senior competitors must be 65 years of age or older.