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Upsets reign supreme at PNGA Junior Amateur Championships; Quarterfinal matches set

Number one seeds no more… After the first day of match play at the 65th Pacific Northwest Junior Boys’ Amateur and 64th Junior Girls’, both medalists were eliminated from contention.

No. 32 seed Blake Kukula (Ocean Park, Wash.) knocked off top-seed Akshay Anand (Redmond, Wash.) in the Round of 32 in the Boys’ Championship, while No. 16 seed Hannah Elaimy (Seattle, Wash.) defeated medalist Kennedy Knox (Normandy Park, Wash.) in the Girls’ Round of 16.

The number of competitors in each championship have been whittled down to eight, with the quarterfinal rounds beginning tomorrow (Thursday) morning at 7:30 a.m.

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Championship Links

The two championships are being held concurrently August 12-16 at Port Ludlow (Wash.) Golf Club, and are conducted by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA). Both championships are considered as counting events for the World Amateur Golf Ranking, as well as AJGA Performance Based Entry.

To be eligible for the Pacific Northwest Junior Boys’ and Girls’ Amateurs, contestants must be 18 years of age or younger on August 16, 2019.

These championships are two of 15 regional championships conducted annually by the PNGA.

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 allied 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.