The Washington State Golf Association’s (WSGA) Championship Selection Committee has announced its 2014 team to represent the Association at the 9th PNGA Cup, to be held at The Home Course in DuPont, Wash. on May 8-9, 2014.
The men’s mid-amateur selections include Bjorn Bjorke of Port Orchard, the 2013 WSGA Men’s Mid-Amateur champion; Mike Haack of Bellevue, runner-up in last year’s Oregon Open and the 2013 WSGA Men’s Mid-Amateur Player of the Year; Ryan Earl of Fircrest, runner-up in the 2013 Washington State Amateur; and Tyler Matthews of Bellevue, who tied for second in last year’s Pacific Northwest Men’s Mid-Amateur. This is the first time Matthews and Earl have been selected to play in the PNGA Cup.
The men’s master-40 selections include Tom Brandes of Bellevue, who finished runner-up in last year’s British Senior Amateur on his way to being selected the 2013 WSGA Senior Men’s Player of the Year; and Erik Hanson of Kirkland, who was the runner-up in the 2013 Washington Open.
Representing the team in the senior men’s category are Keith Crimp of Ellensburg, who is the two-time defending champion of the WSGA Senior Men’s Champion of Champions; and Kent Brown of Colville, who was the qualifying medalist in the 2013 U.S. Mid-Amateur local qualifier.
Leslie Folsom of Tukwila will represent the team in the women’s mid-amateur category, being the two-time defending Washington State Women’s Mid-Amateur champion and two-time defending WSGA Women’s Mid-Amateur Player of the Year. Also in this category is Denise Kieffer of University Place, who was a semifinalist in last year’s Pacific Northwest Women’s Mid-Amateur.
In the senior women’s category are Yasue Alkins of Olympia, who tied for second in the 2013 Washington State Senior Women’s Amateur; and Ginny Burkey of Fircrest, who also tied for second in that championship.
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 defend its PNGA Cup title, having won last year on the second hole of a playoff against the team from the Washington State Golf Association, when the matches were held at Crane Creek Country Club in Boise, Idaho. British Columbia Golf also won the PNGA Cup in 2009.