WENATCHEE, Wash. (July 13, 2007)-- In a Pac-10 college rivalry, Kim Shin (153) of the University of Washington defeated Jessi Gebhardt (150) of Oregon State University in the final 36-hole match of the 106th PNGA Women’s Amateur Championship.
Gebhardt put herself in a tough position after making bogey on the first three holes of play, while Shin made pars to go 3-up after three holes of play. Shin was able to keep Gebhardt at a distance most of the day, but she showed signs of a come back after making birdies on holes 17 and 18 of the match, but was still 5-down going into the second 18-holes of the match.
Shin won the first two holes of the second 18-holes of the match and continued her strong play to win the match, 7 & 6. Shin was nearly perfect from 100 yards or less. She repeatedly hit her approach shots to 2-feet or better from the hole.
In the Mid-Am Division, Kareen Markle (157) of Eagle, Idaho defeated Lisa Smego (163) of Olympia, Wash. in today’s final match-play round in the 6th PNGA Women’s Mid-Amateur Championhip.
Once Markle got the lead, she never lost it. Markle was 3-up after the first 18-holes and Smego was able to get it back to 1-up, but Markle played strong and when she made birdie on the 32nd hole of the match to go 4-up, it was difficult for Smego to overcome.
This was the third time that Markle and Smego have met in the finals of this championship with Smego winning in 2004 and Markle winning in 2005 and now 2007. This was the fourth year in a row that Markle has been in the finals of this championship.