PNGA Mid-Am: Griffin wins by five

CHRISTINA LAKE, Canada (Sept. 11, 2008) – Ben Griffin of Victoria BC, carded an impressive 6-under par 66 to win the 2008 PNGA Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship by five strokes at Christina Lake Golf Club in Christina Lake, BC.

Griffin, 27, started the final round by making birdies on three of the first four holes. Remarkably, Griffin was 6-under par today on the four par-5’s at Christina Lake Golf Club. He made birdie on holes #4 and #15, but made eagle on holes #7 and #11. The only obstacle that Griffin faced today was a double bogey on the par-3, 9th. Griffin finished the championship at 11-under par (69-70-66) 205.

The 2001 PNGA Men’s Mid-Amateur Champion, Alex Stamey of Mill Creek, Wash. finished runner-up at 6-under par 210. Other notables include Kent Brown of Colville, Wash. who climbed up the leaderboard by carding a final round 5-under par 67 to finish in the third spot tied with Todd Tibke of Snohomish, Wash.

The Pacific Northwest Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship was a 54-hole stroke play event, with a cut to the low 60 and ties after 36-holes. To be eligible to play in the Mid-Amateur, contestants must have been 25 years of age or older as of September 9, 2008. Contestants must also have a current USGA Handicap Index or RCGA Handicap Factor of 8.4 or better. Contestants were competing for gross prizes only.

Voted as one of the places to play by Golf Digest in 2006, Christina Lake Golf Club is a scenic 18-hole, championship golf course designed by the renowned golf course architect Les Furber. Regarded as one of the top 25 courses to play in British Columbia, the golf experience includes captivating views of the Selkirk Mountains as you meander along paths near the pristine Kettle River.

--PNGA story


Format: 54-hole Stroke Play Competition (Gross only). The field will be cut to the low 60 players and ties for the final round.

Age Limit: Entrants must be 25 years of age or older by the start of the tournament.

Handicap Limit: Entrants must have a USGA Handicap Index or Golf Canada Handicap Factor of 8.4 or less.

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