Matthews and Steele take Washington State Men’s Best-Ball Championship
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. (May 31, 2014) – Tyler Matthews and Matthew Steele, both of Bellevue, Wash., shot combined rounds of 64-72—136 for a one-shot victory in the 58th Washington State Men’s Best-Ball Championship; while Duane Diede of Everett, Wash. and John Von Lossow of Kirkland, Wash. fired a 2-under par 72 in today’s final round to coast to a win in the 21st Washington State Senior Men’s Best-Ball.

Both championships were held concurrently at White Horse Golf Club in Kingston, Wash. and were conducted by the Washington State Golf Association.

Matthews and Steele shot 8-under par 64 in yesterday’s first round, which put them in a tie for the lead with Ben Garrett and Erik Olson, both of Seattle, going into today’s final round. “Yesterday was a much easier day,” said Matthews. “Lots of birdies, no problem. Today was definitely tougher conditions, with the wind. We just made a bunch of pars.” Matthews and Steele played together in last year’s championship, finishing in the top five. Click here to view the post-round interview of Matthews and Steele.

This was the first senior title for Diede and Von Lossow as a team. “I sort of disappeared on us in yesterday’s first round,” said Diede. “John kept us going.” Their first round of 5-under 67 was the low round of the championship. “We struggled in today’s front nine,” said Von Lossow. “We were really grinding it out. We had no idea where we stood.” Their 2-under par 70 in today’s final round gave them a four-stroke victory over the team of Bruce Richards and Dr. Jack Lamey, both of Seattle. Click here to view the post-round interview of Diede and Von Lossow.

The format for the championship was a 36-hole Four-Ball stroke play (gross and net). For complete final results, visit www.thewsga.org.

Along with hosting the 2009 Washington State Men’s Best-Ball Championship, White Horse was also the site of the 2010 Washington State Amateur Championship.

Since 1922, the WSGA has been conducting the state’s amateur golf championships. Today, it is one of the largest amateur golf associations in the United States. Serving over 70,000 members, 600 member golf clubs and 270 golf courses throughout Washington and Northern Idaho, the WSGA works to continually expand the game of golf to people of all backgrounds.

The WSGA is a non-profit association governed by volunteer, amateur golfers. WSGA members pay an annual membership fee, through their club, to belong to the Association. In addition, the WSGA serves as a region wide representative of the United States Golf Association and works closely with other allied associations within the golf industry for the betterment of the game.

For more information about the 14 amateur championships conducted by the WSGA each year, visit www.thewsga.org.

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