BEND, OREGON (Thursday, September 7th) –Tom Brandes of Bellevue, Wash. put together rounds of 73-71-72 for a even par 216 to capture the 22nd PNGA Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship. Brandes, winning by two strokes, defeated a strong field of mid-amateurs from Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.
Brandes started the day trailing Scott Gloge of Lacombe, Alberta by only one stroke. Gloge started the afternoon in trouble and could never bounce back, carding his high round of the week 8-over par 80. Meanwhile, Brandes continued his solid play of making very few mistakes. Brandes only carded one round over par this week, and that was the first round of play of 1-over par 73. In today’s final round, Brandes made two birdies which were offset by two bogies, and the rest were pars on the challenging Awbrey Glen Golf Club in Bend, Ore., playing at 6904 yards, par 72.
Brandes is a well know mid-amateur from the state of Washington, but this is his first PNGA Championship title. He has qualified for numerous USGA events, including the 2005 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship. He also represented the Washington State Golf Association in the PNGA Cup Matches played at Seattle Golf Club in May.
Awbrey Glen Golf Club is a private golf course that rests in the historic pines of Bend's west side, with incredible views of the Cascade mountain range. A challenging and unique layout, the 18-hole championship course stretches out over 7,000 yards. The scenery includes rolling hills, rugged outcroppings of lava and red-hued basalt, and incredible views of the Cascades.
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