Dana Christianson wins first Pacific Northwest Master-40 Amateur Championship
VICTORIA, BC (May 26, 2016) - Dana Christianson of
Tacoma, Wash. outlasted Brooks Lancaster of Kaleden,
B.C. in the final match to win the 41st Pacific Northwest
Master-40 Amateur Championship, held this week on
the Mountain course at Bear Mountain Resort in Victoria,
The championship, which was conducted by the
Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA), consisted of
the top male amateur golfers in the Pacific Northwest
over the age of 40.
Christianson, who made it to the finals in the 2011
Master-40 before finishing runner-up, never trailed in
today's match, and was 5-up with five holes to play
before closing out the match on the 15th hole, 5 and 3.
This is his first PNGA championship title.
Seeded ninth entering the match-play format,
Christianson got his game going early in his matches.
"In the qualifying round I hit the ball well but putted
terrible," he said. "So I was glad to get in (the bracket),
and then I hit the ball really good during every match."
In yesterday morning's quarterfinal match,
Christianson defeated No. 1 seed Craig Larson, also of
Tacoma. "Yes, Craig was solid," he said. "He made just
a few mistakes, and I kept hitting the greens and kept
the pressure on him."
Then in the semifinal match, Christianson defeated
defending champion Erik Hanson of Kirkland, Wash., 3
and 2. Hanson is a three-time winner of this
championship, having won in 2007, 2010 and 2015. "I
putted good against Erik in the semifinal, which is good
because I needed to. This match was a lot of fun for
me. I knew going into the match that Erik is really good
of course. I found something on the putting green about
10 minutes before we teed off, and I was able to carry
that into the match and make a few putts."
The Pacific Northwest Master-40 is one of 15 major,
regional, amateur championships for men, women,
juniors, and seniors conducted annually by the PNGA
throughout the Northwest.
View results for Pacific Northwest Men's Master-40 Amateur Championship