Vancouver, British Columbia (Friday, July 14) – Erik Olson of Newcastle, Wash and Danny Green of Jackson, Tenn. survived the quarterfinals and semifinals to meet in final match tomorrow at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in Vancouver B.C.
In the quarterfinals, Erik Olson, a junior on the University of Washington golf team, faced University of Southern California golfer, Tom Glissmeyer from Colorado Springs, Colo. In the thirteen holes played, Olson made par on eleven holes and birdie on two, cruising through the match without a bogie, winning 6 and 5. In the afternoon semifinal round, Olson faced St. Martin’s University golfer Shane Prante of Olympia, Wash. Olson was able to keep his bogie-free day alive and make four birdies to be 4-under par when he won the match on the 15th hole, 4 and 3. Olson, the 2005 Pac-10 champion and a member of the victorious USA squad at the 2005 U.S. vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championships, has only made one bogie in match play this week. He made his only bogie yesterday in the round of 32 on hole #3.
Danny Green, the 2004 U.S. Walker Cup Team member and 1999 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion survived his quarterfinal match this morning against one of Nevada’s great mid-amateur players, Brady Exber of Las Vegas. Green was 1-over par when he won the match on the 15th hole, 4 and 3. Green, from Jackson, Tenn. faced Riki Kauika in the afternoon semifinal match. Kauika is an international player from Wanganui, New Zealand. He has played on the 2001-2006 Manawatu-Wanganui Interprovincial Team and is the 2004 South Island Amateur champion. Kauika never led the match against Green. He got the match back to all square three times, including the par he made on the 17th hole when he forced the match to the 18th, but Green made par while Kauika made bogie to win the match, 1up.
Tomorrow’s championship match of 36-holes will commence at 7:30 a.m. from the first tee.
Some of the past champions of this event include Tiger Woods (1994), Ben Crane (1997), Jeff Quinney (1998), and Nick Flanagan (2003). In the last 12 years, three players that have won this championship have gone on to win the U.S. Amateur Championship (Tiger Woods, Jeff Quinney and Nick Flanagan).
The PNGA Men’s Amateur Championship is one of 15 regional championships conducted annually by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association
Live scoring and pairings are always available at http://www.thepnga.org/championships/mens_amateur/mensam.asp
Complete quarterfinal and semifinal results follow:
105th PNGA MEN’S AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP ~ QUARTERFINALS
Erik Olson, Newcastle, Wash. (145) def. Tom Glissmeyer, Colorado Springs, Colo. (148) 6 and 5
Shane Prante, Olympia, Wash. (149) def. Peter Ahn, Vancouver, BC (148), 19 holes
Danny Green, Jackson, Tenn. (148) def. Brady Exber, Las Vegas, Nev. (144), 4 and 3
Riki Kauika, Wellington, New Zealand (144) def. Greg Machtaler, Summerland, BC (143), 1up
Erik Olson, Newcastle, Wash. (145) def. Shane Prante, Olympia, Wash. (149), 4 and 3
Danny Green, Jackson, Tenn. (148) def Kauika, Wellington, New Zealand (144), 1up