PNGA Amateur: Californians dominating
10 Jul 2008
see also: Pacific Northwest Amateur Championship, The Home Course


EAGLE, Idaho (July 10, 2008)--Stroke-play medalist, Erik Flores of Grass Valley, Calif., and Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, BC, continue to dominate after winning two Thursday today at the 107th PNGA Men’s Amateur’s being held at BanBury Golf Club in Eagle, Idaho.

In a California match-up, Flores, 21, played his morning match against Josh Dupont of Powey, Calif. Flores made it impossible for Dupont to even have a chance, making seven birdies in eleven holes of play, winning the match 8 & 7. In the afternoon match, Flores was given more of a challenge, but still lead the entire match, closing it out on the hole 17, winning the match 3 & 1.

Hadwin, 20, also breezed through his morning match, defeating Andrew Vijarro of Bend, Ore., 5 & 4. Hadwin was 5-up after nine holes of play and never let Vijarro back into the match, as they halved the last six holes.

In his afternoon match, Hadwin was put to the test by Bryan Martin of Thousand Oaks, Calif. Through nine holes of play, Martin lead the match 3-up. In fact, Hadwin trailed the entire match through eleven holes of play, but turned up the heat and made four consecutive birdies to Martin’s four pars, turning the match to his favor, going 1-up with four holes to play. Hadwin and Martin both made pars on holes 14, 15, and 16, and Hadwin ended the match on hole 17, making birdie and winning 2-up.

Hadwin is the only player left that is not from California. The seven players from California that have advanced to the quarterfinals include: Erik Flores of Grass Valley, Calif , Stephen Hale, Bakersfield, Calif, Matt Grush, Los Angeles, Calif., George Gandranata, Emeryville, Calif., Jason Kang, Valencia, Calif, Blake Trimble, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., and Kent Yamane, San Jose, Calif.

The championship continues Friday with the quarterfinals and semifinal matches, and the 2008 PNGA Men’s Amateur concludes on Saturday with a 36-hole final.

--Courtesy PNGA

Results For Pacific Northwest Amateur Championship
WinCAJason KangValencia, CA500
Runner-upCAStephen HaleBakersfield, CA400
SemifinalsCAGeorge GandranataEmeryville, CA300
SemifinalsCABlake TrimbleRancho Santa Fe, CA300
QuarterfinalsCAErik FloresGrass Valley, CA200

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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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