PNGA Women's Am: Rodriguez is tops

RICHLAND, Wash. (July 11, 2008) – Sixteen year-old Cyna Rodriguez, of Manila, defeated Philippine national teammate Anya Tanpinco 2 & 1 in the final match to win the 107th PNGA Women’s Amateur Championship, held at Meadow Springs Country Club in Richland, Wash.

With the temperature at Meadow Springs hovering in the low-90s, the grueling 36-hole match was a test of endurance.

Rodriguez jumped to an early 2-up lead, but Tanpinco squared the match by the 9th hole, and then controlled the contest until the 32nd hole, leading by as much as a 3-up margin, firing a 3-under par 69 on the first 18 holes.

Then Tanpinco, the 25 year-old reigning Philippine amateur champion, bogeyed three holes in row, the 33rd through the 35th, losing all three holes, and Rodriguez closed out the match on the 35th hole with a par on the 162-yard par-3.

“I had really mixed emotions,” said Rodriguez, of having to play against a member of her own team in the final match. "But I just had to go out there and have fun with it. There was a strong field here.”

Rodriguez has played in several other national tournaments within the U.S.

Both Rodriguez and Tanpinco played in the championship on a Presidential Invitation from the PNGA.

--Courtesy PNGA

Results For Pacific Northwest Women's Amateur and Mid-Amateur Championship
WinPhilippinesCyna RodriguezPhilippines500
Runner-upPhilippinesAnya TanpincoPhilippines400
SemifinalsWAKim ShinMountlake Terrace, WA300
SemifinalsIDLauren ArcherBoise, ID300
QuarterfinalsIDMadeleine SheilsBoise, ID200

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ABOUT THE PNGA Women's Am/Mid-Am

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 32 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 qualfiiers. 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, with a 36-hole Championship Final Match. All other matches are 18 holes.

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