By: Tyler Johnsen

Siebers and Kwon Named PNGA Junior Players of the Year

Ian Siebers and Brittany Kwon have been voted as the Junior Boys’ and Girls’ Players of the Year by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA).

The PNGA Player of the Year candidates are nominated by the various state and provincial golf associations that comprise the PNGA (Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington), and are selected by a vote of the PNGA Championship Committee and members of the Northwest Golf Media Association. The awards are officially presented at the PNGA Annual Meeting in the spring.

Those honored include Men’s Player of the Year, Chris Crisologo of Richmond, B.C.; Women’s, Mary Parsons of Delta, B.C.; Men’s Mid-Amateur, Reid Hatley of Hayden Lake, Idaho; Women’s Mid-Amateur, Gretchen Johnson of Portland, Ore.; Senior Men’s, Tom Brandes of Bellevue, Wash.; Senior Women’s, Lara Tennant of Portland, Ore.; Junior Boys’, Ian Siebers of Bellevue, Wash.; and Junior Girls’, Brittany Kwon of Bremerton, Wash.

Click here for a list of playing accomplishments of this year’s recipients, as well as a complete history of all past PNGA Player of the Year recipients.

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.

Bellingham-Skagit All-Stars advance to PGA Jr. League Championship

The PGA Junior League team representing Bellingham-Skagit won the PGA Jr. League Regional  Championship played at The Home Course in DuPont on Sept. 29-30.

The win qualifies the team for the PGA Jr. League Championship Nov. 16-19 at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The team trailed Utah by 1 1/2 points heading to Sunday’s final round, but a stellar final round gave Bellingham-Skagit a narrow 7-5 victory over the Utah PGA Section Champion.

The Bellingham-Skagit All-Stars won the Pacific Northwest PGA Jr. League Section Championship Aug. 25-26 at Eagle Crest Golf Resort in Redmond, Oregon, to advance to the regional.

WJGA Members Ready for Pebble Beach

 

Three golfers from Washington, all members of WJGA, representing two different First Tee chapters have been selected to the field to compete in this year’s event.

The First Tee of Greater Seattle:

Jack Miller (Redmond, Wash.)

  • PGA TOUR Champions Pro: Jeff Sluman
  • Friday, Sept. 28 – 8:32am (Poppy Hills)
  • Saturday, Sept. 29 – 12:55pm (Pebble Beach)

Beau Fenton (Auburn, Wash.)

  • PGA TOUR Champions Pro: Tommy Armour III
  • Friday, Sept. 28 – 12:18pm (Poppy Hills)
  • Saturday, Sept. 29 – 7:48am (Pebble Beach)

The First Tee of the Inland Northwest:

Brayden Miles (Spokane Valley, Wash.)

  • PGA TOUR Champions Pro: Sandy Lyle
  • Friday, Sept. 28 – 8:32am (Poppy Hills)
  • Saturday, Sept. 29 – 1:02pm (Pebble Beach)

The PURE Insurance Championship is the only event of its kind in which 81 boys and girls from The First Tee are teamed with 81 PGA TOUR Champions players and 162 amateurs during an official PGA TOUR Champions tournament. In this 15th tournament year, more than 1,100  girls and boys from The First Tee have played in the tournament.

Participants from The First Tee chapters, representing 22 states – including 17 players from Northern California – were selected by a national panel of judges based on playing ability and application of the Nine Core Values and life skills learned through their involvement with The First Tee’s programs: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy, and judgment.

Junior competitor “alumni” include numerous boys and girls who have gone on to pro golf tour careers, including Harold Varner, Scott Langley, Cameron Champ, and Paula Creamer.

All three rounds of competition in the PURE Insurance Championship will be televised on Golf Channel.

For more information, please visit www.pureinsurancechampionship.com.

Bordeaux & Ferreira Qualify for US Women’s Four-Ball

Montgomery Ferreira and Julia Bordeaux of Tacoma, Wash. combined for a 2-under par 70 to earn medalist honors at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Qualifier held at Canterwood G&CC on September 10th. .

Also advancing from the Women’s qualifier is the team of Gretchen Johnson and Amanda Jacobs of Portland, Ore.

The two Women’s teams will now compete in the 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball, to be held April 27-May 1 at Timuquana Country Club in Jacksonville, Fla.

Ferreira won the 2018 Washington 4A High School Girls’ State individual title, and was selected to play in the qualifier for the LPGA Tour’s ANA Inspiration the past two years; Bordeaux, finished second to Ferreira in the 4A high school championship, and is Ferreira’s teammate on the Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma) girls’ golf team.

The Washington State Golf Association (WSGA) is the local representative of the United States Golf Association (USGA) and conducted the qualifier.

The U.S. Amateur and Women’s Amateur Four-Balls are two of 14 national championships conducted annually by the USGA, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

Siebers advances to Match Play at U.S. Amateur

WJGA member Ian Siebers, from Bellevue, has advanced to match play at the U.S. Amateur after shooting rounds of 73-68 for a 2-under par total of 141 during the stroke play qualifying portion of the championship being held at Pebble Beach and Spyglass Hills.

Siebers’ 2-under par total left him in a tie for 7th place in the elite field of 312 of the best amateur golfers in the world. The top-64 players after stroke play qualifying move on to match play.

Siebers’ Round of 64 match will tee off today, August 15th, at 12:10pm against England’s Alex Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick is the younger brother of European Tour member Matthew Fitzpatrick who won the U.S. Amateur in 2013.

Hole-by-Hole live scoring can be followed at www.usga.org.