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Top Seed Showdown: Brown and Stoll to meet in PNGA Women’s Amateur final match; Jacobs and Johnson square off in Women’s Mid-Amateur final

After a week’s worth of stroke-play qualifying and match-play bracket surviving, it has come down to this: No. 1 seed Alivia Brown will meet No. 2 seed Gigi Stoll in the 36-hole final match of the 117th Pacific Northwest Women’s Amateur Championship. The two players will tee off in their morning round at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, July 13 at Palouse Ridge Golf Club in Pullman, Wash.

In the 17th Pacific Northwest Women’s Mid-Amateur, No. 1 seed Amanda Jacobs of Portland, Ore. will square off against No. 2 seed Gretchen Johnson, also of Portland. The tee time for their 18-hole match is 7:40 a.m. on Friday, July 13.

Both championships are being held concurrently at Palouse Ridge, and conducted by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA).

Championship Links:

L to R: Alivia Brown of Gig Harbor, Wash. and Gigi Stoll of Tigard, Ore.

By virtue of their high seeds coming out of the stroke-play qualifying earlier this week, both Brown and Stoll earned a bye into the Round of 16 of the match-play bracket, and both methodically worked their way through their matches, including this morning’s quarterfinal matches and afternoon’s semifinal matches.

In her semifinal match, Brown dispatched Haley Greb of Pendleton, Ore. 2&1. Greb will be a junior at Colorado State University and is a former Oregon Junior Amateur champion. In today’s other semifinal match, Stoll defeated Emily Baumgart of Pullman 6&4. Baumgart was a redshirt freshman on Washington State’s women’s golf team, also playing this week on her home course and a teammate of Brown.

Brown, of Gig Harbor, Wash., finished runner-up in the 2015 PNGA Women’s Amateur, won the 2015 Washington State Women’s Amateur, was named the 2015 WSGA Women’s Player of the Year, and is a recent graduate of Washington State University where she played four years on the women’s golf team. She is competing this week on home turf, with Palouse Ridge being the home course of the WSU men’s and women’s golf teams.

Stoll, of Tigard, Ore., recently led her University of Arizona women’s golf team to the 2018 NCAA D-I National Championship title, made it to the quarterfinals of last year’s PNGA Women’s Amateur, and has been named PNGA Women’s Player of the Year three times (2014, 2015, 2017).

Click here for complete information about the Women’s Amateur, and here for information about the Women’s Mid-Amateur.

L to R: Amanda Jacobs of Portland, Ore. and Gretchen Johnson of Portland, Ore.

In the Women’s Mid-Amateur, Jacobs will be looking for her third title in this championship, having previously won in 2014 and 2016. She made it the semifinals in last year’s championship, and was named the PNGA Women’s Mid-Amateur Player of the Year in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Johnson will be looking to finish the deal this year. Last year, she finished runner-up in this championship, losing in the final match, 3&2, to Christina Proteau of Port Alberni, B.C.

Jacobs and Johnson are friends, and in last year’s championship, Jacobs, after being ousted in the semifinals, caddied for Johnson in the final match.

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