RICHLAND, Wash. (July 7, 2008)--Anya Tanpinco showed why she is the reigning Philippine Amateur champion Monday as she shot a brilliant 3-under par 69 on the first day of stroke play qualifying in the 107th PNGA Women’s Amateur Championship. Tanpinco’s round was highlighted by four birdies and one bogey. She leads defending champion Kim Shin of Mill Creek, Wash. by two shots.
The championship is being held at Meadow Springs Country Club in Richland, Wash. Over the years, Meadow Springs has been the site of numerous prestigious golf championships, including 11 years as a Nike (now Nationwide) Tour site.
Tanpinco is playing in the championship because of a presidential invite sent by the PNGA that was also given to five others in the field from the Philippines. Her fellow countrywomen fared well, with Sarah Jane Ababa firing a 75, Chihiro Ikeda a 76, Cyna Rodriguez a 78, Lou Isabelle Manalo an 81, and Bambee Dela Paz an 84.
The PNGA Women’s Amateur Championship consists of 36 holes of stroke play qualifying to determine the 32 contestants who will advance to match play. All matches are single-elimination and contested over 18 holes, with the exception being the 36-hole championship final match.