RICHLAND, Wash. (July 9, 2008)--Defending champion Kim Shin, of Mill Creek, Wash. coasted through her first two matches in the 107th PNGA Women’s Amateur, being held at Meadow Springs Country Club in Richland, Wash.
In the morning match, Shin easily handled Jacqueline Olson of Sutherlin, Ore. 7 & 5, and then closed out her afternoon match 4 & 3 over Carissa Simmons of Boise, Idaho. Shin, the medalist in the qualifying rounds, will face Boise’s Madeleine Shields in tomorrow’s quarterfinal match. Shields, who barely made it through her second match, winning in 20 holes against Marli Mikulecky of Osoyoos, BC, was the winner of last summer’s Big I Junior Classic.
There will be no re-match of last year’s finalists, as Jessi Gebhardt, runner-up to Shin last year, lost in the afternoon match 3 and 2 to Jessica Black of Bend, Ore.
Anya Tanpinco, the reigning Philippine Amateur champion and PNGA Presidential Invitee for this championship, won her first two matches, 4 & 2 over Flora Weeks of Seattle, Wash. and 2 & 1 over Bambee de la Paz of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Tanpinco, who shot the low round of the field in the qualifying rounds, a 3-under par 69, will face fellow countrywoman Chihiro Ikeda in tomorrow’s quarterfinal match. Ikeda is also playing on a Presidential Invitation from the PNGA.