Gleneden Beach, Ore. – The match-play rounds of 32 and 16 in the 120th PNGA Women’s Amateur championship and the round of 16 in the 20th Women’s Mid-Amateur championship were contested today at Salishan Golf Links.
In the Women’s Amateur, No. 1 seed Lauryn Nguyen of Seattle, Wash. had earned a bye in this morning’s round of 32, and in the afternoon round of 16 she won five of the first six holes en route to a 4&3 victory over Lauren Greeny of Pullman, Wash.
Nguyen will face Sonja Tang of Vancouver, B.C. in tomorrow morning’s quarterfinal round. Tang, the No. 8 seed, had a bye in the round of 32, before defeating 2021 PNGA Women’s Player of the Year Kennedy Knox of Normandy Park, Wash. by a score of 3&2 in the round of 16.
Nguyen is a rising sophomore on the Northwestern University women’s golf team. Tang is a rising sophomore on the University of British Columbia women’s golf team.
Gretchen Johnson, the No. 1 seed in the Women’s Mid-Amateur secured her spot in tomorrow’s quarterfinal round after earning a bye through stroke-play qualifying. She will face No. 8 seed Ginny Burkey of Eugene, Ore. in the quarterfinals. Burkey won her round of 16 match today 5&4 over Mary Jacobs of Portland, Ore.
Burkey will be seeking revenge from last year as the two players faced off in the quarterfinal round of the 2021 championship. Johnson won the match 3&2.
First held in 1899, the PNGA Women’s Amateur Championship is one of the oldest amateur golf championships in the world. Past champions include Pacific Northwest Golf Hall of Famers who made up the Golden Age of female golfers in the Northwest such as JoAnne Carner, Jo Ann Washam, Pat Lesser Harbottle, Edean Ihlanfeldt, Violet Pooly Sweeney, Marcia Fisher, and Betty Jean Hulteng, among others. Past champions also include many others who would later go on to the LPGA Tour, such as Jimin Kang, Peggy Conley, Ruth Jessen and Shirley Englehorn.
The PNGA Women’s Amateur and Mid-Amateur are two of 11 major, regional, amateur championships for men, women, juniors, and seniors conducted annually by the PNGA throughout the Northwest.
About the Pacific Northwest Golf Association
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 member 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.