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Barry takes down top-seeded Manke in PNGA Amateur match play
Carson Barry (PNGA photo)
Carson Barry (PNGA photo)

In Wednesday’s Round of 64 at the Pacific Northwest Amateur, rain may have fallen from the sky, but the lightning was provided by Carson Barry of Eagle, Idaho, when the No. 64 seed defeated No. 1 seed RJ Manke in 20 holes.

Barry, who will be a sophomore on the Oregon State University men’s golf team, had barely squeaked into the match-play portion of the championship, surviving a 4-hole 8-for-5 playoff and claiming the final spot despite 3-putting the second hole of playoff when a 2-putt would have secured him a better seed.

Teeing it up against stroke-play medalist R.J. Manke on Wednesday morning, Barry promptly lost the first hole of the match.

“Yeah, I bogeyed the first hole and went 1-down right away,” Barry said, after the match. “But I putted really well the rest of the way.”

Indeed he did. Manke, playing on his home course of Tacoma Country and Golf Club, had to eagle the par-5 18th hole to win the hole and extend the match. On the first playoff hole, Barry drained a side-hill 25-footer for birdie, but Manke dropped a 10-foot bird on top of it to keep the match going. Then on the second extra hole, a short par-4, Barry dropped a 32-foot bomb to win the hole and the match.

Last month, Manke lapped the field in winning the Mexican Amateur by nine shots. He is the reigning Washington State Amateur champion. But Barry is no slouch, making it to the semifinals of the 2018 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball (with partner Sam Tidd, who also made it into match play this week). Barry is a two-time Idaho 5A High School individual champion.

Barry was 2-up at one point, but Manke rallied. “RJ is a great player, and we went back and forth all day,” Barry said. “His eagle on 18 was awesome. I didn’t think I’d be here at all (in match play), so this all feels great.”

Meanwhile, No. 30 seed Michael Crisologo of Richmond, B.C. won his match against No. 35 seed Grant Cole of Pullman, Wash., outlasting him in 20 holes. That’s the good news. The not-so-good news is that Michael must now face his older brother Chris, who put his stamp on the stroke-play qualifying by earning the No. 3 seed and easily winning his Round of 64 match today against No. 62 seed Liam Clancy of Park City, Utah.

The younger Crisologo is following in his brother’s footsteps as he begins playing for Simon Fraser University in the fall, Chris’ alma mater. Chris is a member of the Canadian National Team, and last year was named the PNGA Player of the Year.

Michael has slowly been building his own resume, earlier this year winning the Future Links Pacific Championship.

“I’ve had the chance to play here (at Tacoma) a few times before, so hopefully my experience will give me an advantage over him,” said Chris with a laugh.

“I don’t think my chances are too good tomorrow,” Michael said, drawing another laugh from Chris. “We play friendly matches all the time at our home course of Marine Drive (in Vancouver, B.C.), so I don’t know, hopefully I can get something going tomorrow. We’ll see.”

The two brothers will square off against each other tomorrow morning in the Round of 32, teeing off at 9:06am.

Among others also advancing to tomorrow’s Round of 32 are:

• Joe Highsmith of Lakewood, Wash., who also survived an 8-man playoff just to make it into match play with a No. 61 seed. He defeated No. 4 seed Jared Beals of Enumclaw, Wash., 4&2. Highsmith is competing on his home course of Tacoma C&GC. Last week he won the prestigious Sahalee Players Championship.

• Former University of Arizona golfer Reid Hatley of Hayden Lake, Idaho, who was the PNGA Men’s Mid-Amateur Player of the Year for four consecutive years (2015-18). Last month he won the Oregon Open Invitational, competing against the region’s PGA Professionals. Hatley, the No. 36 seed, defeated No. 29 seed Brody Marconi of Portland, 3&2.

• Shawn Lu of Honolulu, who is a senior on the Oregon State University men’s golf team, and qualified for the 2018 U.S. Amateur. He won the 2015 Hawaii State Amateur. Lu, the No. 5 seed, defeated Brody Bonfilio of Boise, Idaho, the No. 60 seed.

• Sam Tidd of Meridian, Idaho, who made it to the semifinals of the 2018 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball with partner Barry, is the No. 2 seed and defeated No. 63 seed John Hayes of Issaquah, Wash., 2&1. Tidd is a freshman on the University of Oklahoma men’s golf team.

• Josh Gliege of Meridian, Idaho was the 2015 PNGA Junior Boys’ Player of the Year. The No. 20 seed Gliege defeated No. 45 seed Alec Berrey of Corvallis, Ore., 3&1.

The Rounds of 32 and 16 will be held Thursday, July 11, and the quarterfinals and semifinals on Friday, July 12, with the championship match on Saturday, July 13. Each match will be contested over 18 holes, with the exception of the final match, which will be played over 36 holes.

Results: PNGA Amateur
WinCanadaLaurent DesmarchaisCanada400
Runner-upCAJosh McCollumUpland, CA300
SemifinalsIDCarson BarryEagle, ID200
SemifinalsWAJake KoppenbergBellingham, WA200
QuarterfinalsCAMason GreeneTustin, CA100

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ABOUT THE PNGA Amateur

First held in 1899, the Pacific Northwest Men’s Amateur is one of the country’s longest running amateur championships. Held annually at world-class courses throughout the Pacific Northwest, this championship is played in the same format as the U.S. Amateur and features an impressive list of past champions that include; Nick Flanagan, Ben Crane, Jeff Quinney, Bill Sander, and Tiger Woods. Eligibility is open to members of the Pacific Northwest Golf Association and top amateurs throughout the world invited via Presidential Invitation. Each year’s champion earns a hosted exemption in to the Pacific Coast Amateur and Sahalee Players Championship.

The Championship will be conducted in two stages:

Stroke Play – All players must complete the 36-hole stroke play qualifying in order to determine the 64 players who will advance to match play. In the event of a tie for the final qualifying spot(s), a sudden- death playoff will be used to determine the qualifiers. In the event of a tie for the Qualifying Medalist, a sudden-death playoff will commence.

Match Play – The General Numerical Draw will be in effect. Single elimination match play. 36-hole Championship Final Match. All other matches are 18 holes.

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