Moses Lake, Wash. – 13-year-old Angela Zhang of Bellevue, Wash. won the 29th Washington Women’s Amateur; Jacqueline Bendrick of Mercer Island, Wash. won in a playoff to defend her title in the 13th Women’s Mid-Amateur; Sandra Turbide of Maple Ridge, B.C. shot rounds of 80-73 to win the 23rd Washington Senior Women’s Amateur; while Sunny Sue Kim of Bellevue, Wash. won the 9th Super Senior Women’s Amateur.
Women’s Amateur & Mid-Amateur
Senior & Super Senior Women’s Amateur
The four championships were held concurrently at Moses Lake (Wash.) Golf Club and conducted by Washington Golf. The Women’s Amateur and Mid-Amateur championships were contested over 54 holes of stroke play on June 20-22, while the Senior and Super Senior championships consisted of 36 holes of stroke play on June 20-21.
Zhang shot rounds of 72-71-74 to finish at 1-over par, good for a one-shot victory in the Women’s championship over Darcy Habgood of Pullman, Wash. The two were paired together in the final group along with Anastacia Johnson of Tacoma, Wash. Zhang and Habgood were nearly dead even all day, but a par on the 16th hole against Habgood’s bogey put Zhang in the driver’s seat.
“It feels really good to get the win,” said Zhang, “this is one of the biggest Women’s amateur events in the state of Washington, so it feels really special.”
This is the first WA Golf title for Zhang, who has been playing competitive golf since she was eight years old. She is the youngest player to ever win the championship at just 13 years old.
In the Women’s Mid-Amateur, Bendrick began today’s final round with a four-shot lead over Marianne Li of Bellevue, Wash. Bendrick fired a 7-over 79 in today’s final round, allowing Li to get back in it and force a playoff. After two playoff holes, Bendrick secured the victory and successfully defended her title.
“It feels amazing,” said Bendrick, “it’s so fun to be out here playing golf. I have lots of friends out here now, after playing in the Mid-Am to years in a row, so it’s really fun. I’m really happy.”
Kristin Strankman of Richland, Wash. won the Women’s Mid-Amateur Net title after rounds of 73-75-71.
The Women’s Amateur, Women’s Mid-Amateur, Senior Women’s Amateur and Super Senior Women’s Amateur are four of 14 championships conducted annually by WA Golf.
About Washington Golf
Founded in 1922, WA Golf is celebrating its centennial in 2022. It is a 501c4 non-profit, amateur golf association governed by men and women volunteers. Serving more than 80,000 individual members at more than 550 member golf clubs and 270 golf courses throughout the state of Washington and Northern Idaho, WA Golf works to continually expand the game of golf to people of all backgrounds and abilities.
WA Golf also serves as a statewide representative of the United States Golf Association and works closely with a number of allied associations within the golf industry for the betterment of the game.