The Washington State Golf Association’s (WSGA) Championship Selection Committee has announced its team to represent the Association at the 10th PNGA Cup, to be held at Columbia Edgewater Country Club in Portland, Ore. May 12-14, 2015.
The Men’s Mid-Amateur selections include Sean Packer of Seattle, champion of the 2014 Tacoma City Amateur, a Top-5 finisher in the WSGA Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship, and a Top-10 finisher in the PNGA Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship; Mike Haack of Bellevue, Champion of the 2014 WSGA Champion of Champions, and Top-5 finisher in both the Oregon and Washington Opens; Reid Hatley of Hayden Lake, runner-up in the 2014 WSGA Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship; and Tyler Daniels of Walla Walla, a Top-10 finisher in the WSGA Men’s Amateur Championship. Hatley and Daniels are making their first appearances in the PNGA Cup.
The Master-40 Men’s selections are Nate Hair of Edwall, Champion of the 2014 PNGA Men’s Master-40 Amateur Championship; and Alex Stamey of Mill Creek, a Top-5 finisher in the PNGA Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship. Hair is making his first appearance this year.
Representing the team in the Senior Men’s category are Tom Brandes of Bellevue, 2015 PNGA Hall of Fame Inductee and winner of four consecutive WSGA Senior Men’s Amateur Championships; and Tom Hale of Lakewood, 2014 WSGA Men’s Mid-Amateur Champion. This year will be Hale’s first appearance in the PNGA Cup.
In the Women’s Mid-Amateur division, selections include Leslie Folsom of Tukwila, 2014 WSGA Champion of Champions winner and runner-up of the 2014 WSGA Women’s Mid-Amateur; and Amanda Jacobs of Seattle, the 2014 PNGA Women’s Mid-Amateur Champion. Jacobs will be competing for her first time this year.
The Senior Women’s team includes Denise Kieffer of University Place, 2014 PSWGA Championship Champion, and Top-5 finisher in the 2014 WSGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship; and Gretchen Klein of Hoquiam, who finished T-2 in the 2014 PNGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship. Klein will also compete for the first time in the Cup in 2015. Six of the WSGA’s 12 representatives are making their PNGA Cup debuts in 2015.
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The PNGA 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 State Golf Association. The annual competition consists of 48 of the finest amateur golfers in the region. Each association will send 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 Ryder Cup-style format 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.
British Columbia Golf will be attempting to claim their third consecutive PNGA Cup title and fourth overall. The BC Golf team entered the final day at The Home Course in 2014 with a significant lead, but team OGA put on a tremendous run, claiming 10 of the 24 matches that day, only to fall a half point short.
For a complete roster of players from each Association competing in the 10th PNGA Cup, please click here.