Tacoma, Wash. – Washington Golf’s Championship Selection Committee has announced its team to represent the Association at the 15th PNGA Lamey Cup, to be held at Bellingham (Wash.) Golf and Country Club on May 4-5.
WA Golf is the defending champion of this event, having won it in 2019. Due to the pandemic, and due in particular to the U.S.-Canada border closure during this time, the competition was canceled in 2020 and 2021, with this year marking the first time since 2019 that the event will be held. WA Golf has also won this event in 2008 and 2015.
The annual Ryder Cup-style team competition is held on a rotating basis throughout the region, with this year’s event being held in Washington and hosted by Washington Golf.
Men’s Mid-Amateur selections include:
- Colten Kleis of Seattle, who made it to the round of 16 in the 2021 PNGA Men’s Amateur
- Mark Strickland of Mukilteo, who was named the 2021 WA Golf Men’s Mid-Amateur Player of the Year
- Andrew Von Lossow of Spokane, the 2021 Washington Men’s Champion of Champions winner
- Reid Hatley of Hayden Lake, Idaho, who had five top-10 finishes in regional amateur championships in 2021
Women’s Mid-Amateur selections include:
- Jacqueline Bendrick of Mercer Island, who won the 2021 Washington Women’s Mid-Amateur and was named that year’s WA Golf Women’s Mid-Amateur Player of the Year
- Victoria Fallgren of Spokane, who was the qualifying medalist in a 2021 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur qualifier, and finished second in the 2021 Washington Women’s Mid-Amateur
Men’s Master-40 selections include:
- Dana Christianson of Tacoma, who had two top-20 finishes in 2021
- Ryan Kelly of Gig Harbor, who in 2020 won the Kitsap Amateur, Capitol City Amateur and Gig Harbor Amateur
Senior Men’s selections include:
- Tom Brandes of Bellevue, the 2021 WA Golf Senior Men’s Player of the Year and 2021 PNGA Senior Men’s Player of the Year
- Erik Hanson of Kirkland, who had five top-10 finishes in 2021
Senior Women’s selections include:
- Leslie Folsom of Tukwila, the reigning WSWGA Senior Champion who also finished second in the 2021 Washington Senior Women’s Amateur
- Carrie Jacobson of Kirkland, who qualified for the 2021 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur and finished T3 in the 2021 Washington Senior Women’s Champion of Champions.
For a complete list of WA Golf player accomplishments, click here.
The PNGA Lamey Cup was created in 2006 by past PNGA President Dr. Jack Lamey as a way of continuing the friendship and partnership of the region’s allied associations under the PNGA umbrella – British Columbia Golf, Idaho Golf Association, Oregon Golf Association and Washington Golf. With Dr. Lamey’s passing in December 2019, the event and its perpetual trophy have been named after him.
Each association has selected a 12-person team consisting of eight men and four women. The representation includes four mid-amateur men of 25 years of age or older, two men of 40 years or older, two senior men of 55 years or older, two mid-amateur women of 25 years or older and two senior women of 50 years or older.
The two-day competition includes four-ball and foursome matches the first day and singles matches on the second and final day. With three matches for each player, the championship allows each competitor to compete against players from each of the other associations. With both men’s and women’s scores used to determine the team result, it is the only known event of its kind in the U.S.