Knox, Bendrick, Craven and Madison hold first-round leads at Washington Women’s Amateur championships

Renton, Wash. – The opening rounds of Washington Women’s Amateur championships were conducted today at Fairwood Golf and Country Club in Renton, Wash.

Players receive instructions from the starter before teeing off for the opening round.

Championship links:

Women’s Amateur & Mid-Amateur

Senior & Super Senior Women’s Amateur

Kennedy Knox of Normandy Park, Wash. shot even-par 71 in the first round to take the early lead in the 28th Washington Women’s Amateur Championship.

Kennedy Knox
Kennedy Knox

Knox was the only player in the field to shoot even par, with no players breaking par, as the course was buffeted by winds throughout the day. Knox is continuing her summer of good playing. Two weeks ago she qualified for the 2021 U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur. Last year she had six top-10 finishes in WJGA events, and has recently committed to play for the women’s team at the University of Washington.

Jacqueline Bendrick of Mercer Island shot 1-under-par 70 to take the first round lead in the 12th Washington Women’s Mid-Amateur. Bendrick is the only player in the Mid-Amateur field to shoot under par. Bendrick played collegiately at Furman University, where she was named two-time All-Southern Conference. Defending champion Victoria Fallgren is in third place, five shots back of Bendrick. Jacqueline and her father Terry won the 2015 Washington Parent-Child Championship.

In the 22nd Senior Women’s Amateur, Susan Craven of Snohomish shot 5-over 76 in today’s first round to hold a slim one shot lead over Kim Titus of Fox Island and a two-shot lead over defending champion Leslie Folsom of Tukwila.

Karen Madison of Spokane Valley shot 5-over 76 to lead the 8th Super Senior Women’s Amateur. Madison won the 2016 Washington Super Senior Women’s Amateur champion, and was named the 2015 WA Golf Senior Women’s Player of the Year.