Pendleton, Ore. (Aug. 31, 2012) – Bob
Christensen of Post Falls, Idaho capped off an
impressive week of golf with a 5&3 victory over
Darren Kuhn of Pocatello, Idaho to take home
the title at the 37th Pacific Northwest Men’s
Master-40 Amateur Championship at Wildhorse
Resort and Casino in Pendleton, Ore.
Christensen’s ball-striking was the difference
on Friday morning, as he peppered the
fairways throughout the day. But Kuhn stayed
with him in the early going, saving par on holes
two and three. The match remained all square
through four holes before Christensen made his
first move. On the par-5 fifth hole, Christensen
reached the green in two and two-putted for
birdie to take his first lead, a lead that he
would not relinquish the rest of the day. After
the pair halved the next three holes,
Christensen won the ninth hole to take a 2-up
lead into the back nine.
Unlike earlier in the week, Kuhn could not
recover from the early deficit. “I just could not
get it going,” he said after the round.
Christensen continually kept the pressure on
Kuhn, as his championship caliber ball-striking
was simply too much to overcome. He reached
the par-5 13th hole in two shots and two-
putted for another birdie to push his lead to 4-
up with five holes to play. “I was just trying
not to give any holes away,” said Christensen.
When Kuhn’s birdie putt on the 15th hole slid
over the edge of the hole, Christensen’s birdie
putt was conceded, giving him a 5&3 victory
and his second championship in two weeks. “I
hit a lot of drives down the middle, hit all the
greens,” Christensen said, recapping his round.
“I just tried not to make any mistakes.”
Christensen’s win at the Pacific Northwest
Men’s Master-40 Amateur Championship this
week is all the more impressive considering it
comes immediately on the heels of his victory
at the Pacific Northwest Senior Men’s Amateur
Public Links Championship in Post Falls, Idaho
In the Flight 1 championship match, Tom
Campbell of Port Orchard, Wash. defeated
David Dines of Burnaby, B.C., 3&1, while
Christopher Bisgaard of Eagle, Idaho outlasted
David Nelson of Pendleton, Ore., 3&2, to take
home the Flight 2 title.
Following the coming week off, the PNGA
championship caravan will reappear in Portland,
Ore. and Columbia Edgewater Country Club for
the Pacific Northwest Men’s Mid-Amateur
Championship, to be held September 11-13.