Pendleton, Ore. – Lucas Vanderlip of Gold Beach, Ore. leads the PNGA Junior Boys’ Amateur Championship after round one of stroke play qualifying; while June Hsiao of Coquitlam, B.C. leads the PNGA Junior Girls’ Amateur.
Vanderlip got off to an extremely hot start, he birdied the first three holes en route to a bogey-free 32 on the front nine. He carded three more birdies on the back nine against one bogey. He holds a two-shot lead over Rex Wilson of Burlington, Wash.
This past spring, Vanderlip, a rising sophomore at Brookings-Harbor High School in Brookings, Ore. finished in 3rd place at the 3A-2A-1A Oregon High School state golf championship.
Hsiao went low in today’s opening round to take the lead Girls’ championship by five shots. She shot a bogey-free 7-under 65 that included three birdies in a row on holes 15-17. Angela Park of Pasco, Wash. and Ling Yu (Katherine) Hao of Burnaby, B.C. sit in a tie for second place.
This is the first PNGA championship that Hsiao has competed in. She finished 5th in the 2021 B.C. Juvenile Girls championship.
The two championships are being held concurrently August 15-19, and are being 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.
Both championships consist of 36 holes of stroke play qualifying, to be held August 15-16, to determine seeding for the match play portion of the championships. For the Boys’ championship, 32 players will advance to match play; and for the Girls’, 16 players will advance.
All matches will be contested over 18 holes in a single-elimination format, with the exception of the two final matches, which will both be played over 36 holes on Friday, August 19.