The Washington State Golf Association’s (WSGA) Championship Selection Committee has recently named this year’s team to represent the association at the 6th Annual PNGA Cup, to be held at the historic Eugene (Ore.) Country Club on May 1-3, 2011.
The WSGA team will be represented by mid-amateur men including the 2010 PNGA Men’s Mid-Amateur Champion, Dan Whitaker of Cle Elum; the 2010 WSGA Mid-Amateur and Champion of Champions Champion, Michael Haack of Bellevue; the 2010 WSGA Men’s Mid-Amateur runner-up, Sean Packer of Lake Tapps; and the 2010 USGA Men’s Mid-Amateur Round of 16 finisher, Kevin Pomarleau of East Wenatchee.
The team’s women mid-amateurs will be represented by the 2010 USGA Women’s Mid-Amateur Round of 64 finisher, Leslie Folsom of Seattle and the 2010 WSGA Women’s Mid-Amateur runner-up, Denise Kieffer of University Place.
Representing the team’s Master-40 men’s category will be the 2010 PNGA Master-40 Champion, Erik Hanson of Kirkland and 2010 U.S. Senior Open participant, Tom Brandes of Bellevue.
Representing the senior men is 2010 top-5 finisher in both the PNGA and WSGA Senior Men’s Amateurs, Bob Burton of Everett, and 2010 U.S. Senior Amateur participant, Tom Phillips of Seattle.
The senior women will be represented by the 2010 PNGA Senior Women’s Amateur runner-up, Anne Carr of Renton, and 2010 top-5 finisher in both the PNGA and WSGA Senior Women’s Amateurs, Yasue Alkins of Lacey.
The PNGA Cup is a Ryder Cup-style competition between allied associations belonging to the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA), including British Columbia Golf, the Idaho Golf Association, the Oregon Golf Association, and the Washington State Golf Association. Last year’s event was won by the Oregon Golf Association.
Each association will collectively play 24 matches (men and women), which will include foursome matches, four-ball matches and singles matches. One point is awarded for each match won and a half point is awarded for every match that ends all square (tied). The association with the most points at the conclusion of the PNGA Cup will be declared the champion.
Teams will be represented by twelve players each, selected from the following age and gender categories: four mid-amateur men (25 years of age or older), two Master-40 men (40 years of age or older), two senior men (55 years of age or older), two mid-amateur women (25 years of age or older), and two senior women (55 years of age or older).
Eugene Country Club is one of America’s premier championship venues. The club has hosted four USGA National Championships during its illustrious history and is consistently ranked as one of the top 100 courses in the United States by Golf Digest.