Denessen and McNelis co-medal a U.S. Senior Amateur qualifying at Seattle Golf club

Kelly Denessen of Snohomish, Wash. and Jim McNelis of Gig Harbor, Wash. each shot rounds of 2-over 74 to earn co-medalist honors at U.S. Senior Amateur qualifying held today at Seattle (Wash.) Golf Club.

Also advancing from this qualifier is Gene Cook of Woodinville, Wash., who survived a four-man playoff to claim the final available spot in this qualifier.

These three players will now go on to compete in the 2017 U.S. Senior Amateur Championship, to be held August 26-31 at The Minikahda Club in Minneapolis, Minn.

The Washington State Golf Association (WSGA) is the local representative of the United States Golf Association (USGA) and conducted this qualifier for the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship.

Click here for complete hole-by-hole scoring of this qualifier.

Denessen was 2-over after seven holes, but played even-par the rest of the way. McNelis played the back nine at 2-over par, including a bogey on the par-5 18th.

The U.S. Senior Amateur is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the USGA, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

Founded in 1922, the WSGA is a 501c4 non-profit, amateur golf association governed by men and women volunteers. Serving over 68,000 individual members at more than 550 member golf clubs and 270 golf courses throughout the state of Washington and Northern Idaho, the WSGA works to continually expand the game of golf to people of all backgrounds.

The WSGA also serves as a statewide representative of the USGA and works closely with a number of allied associations within the golf industry for the betterment of the game.