Oregon team jumps to lead at PNGA Cup

EUGENE, Ore. (May 2, 2011) - The 6th annual PNGA Cup commenced today at the historic Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore. This annual Ryder Cup style contest features some of the most notable amateur golfers from the Pacific Northwest. Teams representing British Columbia Golf (B.C. Golf), the Idaho Golf Association (IGA), Oregon Golf Association (OGA), and the Washington State Golf Association (WSGA) consist of eight men and four women.

A cool breeze and scattered showers greeted players in the opening four-ball matches where the defending champion, OGA team got out to an early lead earning 6 out of a possible 6 points to lead second place WSGA with 2½ points, B.C. Golf with 2 points, and IGA with 1½ points. With an afternoon sun at their backs, the OGA team maintained their lead earning 3 more points in the foursome matches to bring their total to 9½ points. B.C. Golf made a push in the afternoon gaining 5 points to bring their total to 7 points, the WSGA team earned 2½ points for a total of 5 and the IGA team earned 1 point for a one day one total to 2 ½. Tuesday will conclude the PNGA Cup with singles matches starting at 8:00 a.m.

Each association will collectively play a total of 24 matches, which will include four-ball matches, foursome matches and singles matches. One point is awarded for each match won and a half point is awarded for every match that ends all square (tied). The association with the most points at the conclusion of the PNGA Cup will be declared the champion.

Teams are represented by twelve players each, selected from the following age and gender categories: four mid-amateur men (25 years of age or older), two Master-40 men (40 years of age or older), two senior men (55 years of age or older), two mid-amateur women (25 years of age or older), and two senior women (55 years of age or older).

Eugene Country Club is one of America's premier championship venues. The club has hosted four USGA National Championships during its illustrious history and is consistently ranked as one of the top 100 courses in the United States by Golf Digest.

“We are looking forward to another highly competitive event” said Dr. Jack Lamey, President of the PNGA. “Bringing the best players from each association around the Northwest has proved to be a very positive experience, it also continues to build new friendships and camaraderie amongst all the teams” said Lamey.

The Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA) was founded on February 4, 1899. It is a 501©3 charitable, international amateur golf association dedicated to preserving the true spirit of the game of golf and promoting activities beneficial to golfers in the Pacific Northwest region of North America.

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