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Renner earns medalist honors at PNGA Men’s Amateur; Li medals at Women’s Amateur

The 122nd playing of the PNGA Men’s and Women’s Amateur Championships are both being held this week, with the Men’s being conducted at Wine Valley Golf Club in Walla Walla, Wash., and the Women’s at Tacoma Country and Golf Club in Tacoma, Wash.

Players exchange score cards during round one at the PNGA Women’s Amateur.

After Tuesday’s second round of stroke play qualifying, the fields have been cut to the top-64 players in the Men’s Amateur and the top-32 players in the Women’s Amateur.

Men’s Championship Links:

Women’s Championship Links:

Sam Renner from Bend, Ore., shot rounds of 65-68 to earn medalist honors in stroke play qualifying at the PNGA Men’s Amateur. Renner, a rising junior on the Washington State University men’s golf team, finished at 11-under par, one shot ahead of Ashton McArthur from Rexburg, Idaho, Andy Yang from Portland, Ore., and Kevin Hollomon from Seattle, Wash.

Sam Renner

Renner will enter the Round of 64 as the No. 1 seed in the Men’s Amateur bracket. He will face the No. 64 seed in Wednesday’s Round of 64. The Nos. 63 and 64 seeds will be determined via a five-for-two playoff on Wednesday morning.

In the Women’s Amateur, Amber Li from Bellevue, Wash. earned medalist honors after rounds of 70-71 to finish at 3-under par. Li, an incoming freshman commit for the University of Washington women’s golf team, was the only player in the field to finish under par during stroke play qualifying. She finished four shots ahead of Chloe Chan from Madison, Wis. and Kyra Ly from Portland, Ore.

Amber Li

Li, the number one seed in the Women’s Amateur bracket, will square off against No. 32 seed Chloe Lam from Auckland, New Zealand in Wednesday morning’s Round of 32 match.

Each championship consisted of 36 holes of stroke-play qualifying held on July 8-9, followed by a cut with the low players advancing to single-elimination match play. Each match will be contested over 18 holes, with the exception of the final match, which will be played over 36 holes. The Women’s final match will be held on Friday, July 12, and the Men’s final match will be held on Saturday, July 13.

First held in 1899, these two championships are among the oldest amateur golf championships in the world. Players in the Men’s will compete for the Macan Cup, which is named after legendary golf course architect A.V. Macan, a member of the Pacific Northwest Golf Hall of Fame and winner of this championship in 1913.

Past champions in the Men’s include names such as Tiger Woods, Jeff Quinney, Ben Crane, Jeff Coston, Nick Flanagan, Jim McLean and Pacific Northwest Golf Hall of Famers Chandler Egan, Harry Givan, Jack Westland, Bud Ward and George Holland, among many others.

For the Women, this will be first time that the winner of the championship will earn an exemption into this year’s U.S. Women’s Amateur, to be held August 5-11 at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla. This opportunity has led to an exceptionally strong field in this year’s PNGA Women’s Amateur.

Past champions in the Women’s 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 Men’s and Women’s Amateur Championships are among the 11 major, regional, amateur championships for men, women, juniors, and seniors conducted annually by the PNGA throughout the Northwest.