Heat? Oh yes, there’s heat.
At Lewiston (Idaho) G&CC in early July, playing through temperatures in the upper 90s (with a forecast for a “warming trend” as the week goes on), 37 of the finest female amateur players made their way around the course in the first round of stroke play qualifying at the 113th Pacific Northwest Women’s Amateur Championship, wanting to add their name to a trophy that lists historic names, hall of fame names.
Tied for first at 1-under par 71 after the first round is Aaren Ziegler of Canby, Ore. and Tyler Barker of Caldwell, Idaho. Ziegler, who won this championship in 2011 and will be a senior in the fall playing for the University of Wisconsin, had three birdies against two bogeys; while Barker, who earlier this year won her second consecutive Idaho Women’s Four-Ball State Championship, teaming with her sister, Gabrielle, had a rollercoaster round of five birdies, four bogeys and nine pars.
Lots of golf to play. After tomorrow’s second round, the top 32 players will enter into single-eliminations match play.
In the Pacific Northwest Women’s Mid-Amateur championship, being held concurrently at Lewiston, Brie Stone of Veneta, Ore. is the early leader vying for medalist honors, sitting at 1-over par 73 and four shots clear of second place Denise Kieffer.
Keep tabs on the second round action by following along with live scoring at www.thepnga.org.