Telles Wins Pacific Northwest PubLinks
31 Aug 2009
by Pacific Northwest Golf Association


CORVALLIS, OR (August 30, 2009)--Isaiah Telles of Tualatin, Ore. used an even par 72 to capture the title at the 2009 PNGA Men’s Amateur Public Links Championship held at Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis, Ore.

After a difficult front nine that saw Telles shoot a 2-over par 38 and fall back into a tie for the lead, he regained his composure on the back nine with a 2-under par 34. The turning point in the round came at the par-5 14th hole in which Telles made an eagle three to regain the lead and never gave it back. Telles’ two day total of 6-under par 138 bettered second place finishers Brandon Taylor of Corvallis, Ore. and Jesse Schutte of Eugene, Ore. by two shots. Telles is entering his sophomore year at the University of Oregon where he was a key contributor to last year’s team that advanced to the National Championship.

In the PNGA Senior Men’s Amateur Public Links, Kent Brown of Colville, Wash. surpassed six players on the day to win his fourth consecutive title. Brown began the day five shots back, but fired an even par 72 to ceal the victory by one stroke over 2005 champion Jim Gibbons of Wilsonville, Ore. First round leader Del Spiker of Lebanon, Ore. fell back to 4th place after a 7-over par 79.

Cathy Kim of Bellevue, Wash. impressed again today firing a 2-under par 70 for a 36-hole total of 5-under par 139 to win the PNGA Women’s Amateur Public Links. Kim defeated last years champion Kate Hildahl of Tualatin, Ore. by two strokes, as Hildahl made a good run at defending her title with a 3-under par 69. Kim and Hildahl were the only two players in the field to break par over the two days.

To be eligible for the Pacific Northwest Men’s and Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship, contestants must be a bona fide public course player since January 1, 2009 and be a member in good standing at a PNGA public golf course only. Contestants in the amateur division must have a handicap of 16.4 or less, a handicap index of 20.4 or less in the senior division, and a handicap of 40.4 or less in the women’s division. The championship consists of 36 holes of stroke play gross and net.

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