Hanson and Larson Claim Title at Pacific Northwest Men’s Senior Team Championship
Erik Hanson and Craig Larson <br>(PNGA Photo)
Erik Hanson and Craig Larson
(PNGA Photo)

BREMERTON, WA (September 23, 2016) -- At the 34th Pacific Northwest Senior Team Championships, Erik Hanson of Kirkland, Wash. and Craig Larson of Tacoma won the Men's Senior Team title; Charlie Wozow and Toat Brandvold, both of Snohomish, Wash. won the Men's Super Senior; Jackie Little of Port Alberni, B.C. and Kathryn McGarvey of North Vancouver, B.C. won the Women's Senior; and Mary Ryan of Renton, Wash. and Sun Douthit of Steilacoom, Wash. won the Women's Super Senior.

The four championships were held this week on the Olympic and Cascade courses at Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash. and were conducted by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA).

Each championship consisted of two-person teams, and were contested over 54 holes. The first and third round of each championship was contested in Four-Ball stroke play format, while the second round was held in the Chapman format. To be eligible, entrants must be 50 years of age or older prior to start of play in the first round.

Hanson and Larson had started today's final round with a 2-shot lead, and poured it on in today's Four-Ball format, shooting a bogey-free 6-under par 66. They charged from the gate, shooting 4-under on the front nine and coasting in from there. They finished at 15-under par for the championship, five shots ahead of second-place finishers Larry Gilhuly and Jim McNelis, both of Gig Harbor, Wash.

Of the win, Hanson said it feels great. "I was glad Craig called me this year to partner with him," he said. "I couldn't make it last year, but it's great to be here at Gold Mountain. We played solid, we're a good team, and it paid off for us." Larson had to inform Hanson of the format for the championship the week before play started. "That is true," Hanson said with a laugh. "I wasn't familiar with this particular championship, and was happy to be eligible for it. It's a fun event, I really enjoyed it, and it's great playing with Craig. The Chapman format was different for me, but the key to it really is just to keep the ball in play, stay out of trouble for your partner."

This is the fifth PNGA title for Hanson, having won the PNGA Master-40 three times and the Mid-Amateur once, but it is the first PNGA title for Larson. "It's really an honor," Larson said, of seeing his name on a championship trophy. Watch their post-championship interview here.

Wozow and Brandvold came from behind in today's final round to capture the Men's Super Senior title, carding a 1-under par 71 for a championship total of 2-under par. They finished one shot better than second-place finishers Mick and Jeff Remington, who were at the top of the leaderboard with a seemingly comfortable 3-shot lead to start the day but couldn't get anything going, shooting a 3-over par 75 which enabled Wozow and Brandvold to grab the title.

"It's exciting," said Brandvold, of being the champions of the inaugural playing of the Men's Super Senior. "Thanks, really, to everyone who put this event together, all the volunteers. We had a great time, and we'll be back next year.

"We struggled in the second round, in the Chapman format," said Wozow. "We just kind of scraped it around, but played much better today." Watch their post-championship interview here.

In the Women's Senior Team, the duo of Little and McGarvey combined to shoot a final round 2-under par 70 to seal their victory.

Little and McGarvey had built a four shot lead heading into today's final round, and combined for four birdies against two bogeys on the day to finish five shots ahead of second-place finishers Ginny Burkey of Eugene, Ore. and Lisa Smego of Oro Valley, Ariz. Little and McGarvey were the only team to finish the championship under par. This is the first time Little and McGarvey have competed together as a team. "I was very nervous," McGarvey said afterward. "Jackie is a legend, a really good player, and I was just hoping to be respectable." But Little said McGarvey more than held her own, making three birdies on her own today. "We ham-and-egged it very well for three days," Little said.

"The chemistry that we had going, especially yesterday, was really special," McGarvey said. "Yesterday's Chapman format is different because you're not playing every shot, and you're putting balls into positions where your partner is not used to, it's a real challenge, and somehow we found a way to make it work."

This is the first title in this championship for the two but the third time Jackie has become a PNGA Champion, having won the Senior Women's Championship twice (2008, 2009). Little was inducted into the Golf Hall of Fame of BC in 2009.

Burkey and Smego, who were the first-round leaders, had been looking for a three-peat, having won this championship the past two years.

In the inaugural Women's Super Senior, Ryan and Douthit started the final round two shots behind second-round leaders Mary O'Donnell of Bellevue, Wash. and Carol Dick of Lakewood, Wash., but Ryan and Douthit shot an impressive 4-over par to overtake O'Donnell and Dick, winning by three shots.

To compete in these championships this week, players came from all parts of the region, including Oregon, Washington, Idaho, British Columbia, Alberta, as well as from California and Arizona.


54-hole Stroke Play Competition (Gross and Net). Play will be contested over two different golf courses (one round on the Cascade Course and two rounds on the Olympic Course) using a different format on each day (Four-Ball, Chapman, and Four-Ball), Two-person teams with the field separated into two equal flights based on team handicap.

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