Pacific Northwest (PNGA) Senior Men's Amateur Championship:Maletis and Watson lead

BLACK BUTTE RANCH, WASH (June 8, 2011) --Two-time defending champion Chris Maletis of Portland, Ore. and local favorite, Carey Watson of Sunriver, Ore. lead the field heading into the final round of the 47th Annual Pacific Northwest Golf Association’s Senior Men’s Amateur Championship at Black Butte Ranch – Big Meadow Golf Course in Black Butte Ranch, Ore. Gay Davis of Portland, Ore. leads the 2nd Annual Super Senior Men’s Amateur Championship. Made up of 144 players in all, the field features many of the top senior amateur golfers in the Pacific Northwest.

In the Senior Men’s Championship, Maletis shot a front nine of 1-under par 35 that consisted of one birdie and no bogeys. He would stumble a bit on the back nine as the winds picked up making three bogeys on holes 11, 12, and 13 but rebounded nicely with birdie on 15 to post a 1-over par 73 to bring his 36-hole total to even par 144. Maletis is searching for his fourth title to go along with his wins in 2007, 2009 and 2010.

Watson also took advantage of the early conditions going 3-under par on the first 11 holes, but would make a double bogey on hole 12 and would finish with a 1-under par 71 to tie for the 36-hole lead at even par 144. Watson made four birdies to offset just one bogey and one double bogey to tie Maletis. 2009 runner-up Larry Daniels of Seattle, Wash. will round out the final pairing tomorrow after posting a 1-over par 73 which puts him one shot back at 1-over par 145. The leaders will tee off tomorrow afternoon at 1:50 p.m.

In the Super Senior Championship, Davis leads the field of 40 players ages 65 and up into the final round with a 3-over par 75 bringing his 36-hole total to 4-over par 148. Davis, a two time Oregon Amateur Champion 1966 and 1980, got out to a hot start posting an opening nine of 2-under par 34 that consisted of 2 birdies and no bogeys. Davis’ back nine saw three bogeys and a lone double bogey for a 5-over par 41. Noel Pumfrey of Victoria, B.C. is one shot back of Davis after posting an even par 72 to bring his 36-hole total to 5-over par 149. Tom Liljeholm of Prineville, Ore. will round out the final pairing and is two shots off the lead after shooting a 4-over par 76 to bring his 36-hole total to 6-over par 150. The leaders will tee off at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow morning.

Also a part of this week’s competition is an Open Division. 46 contestants are competing in the Open Division which has an individual and a four-ball competition (gross and net) and play from a shorter yardage. Mark Wilson of Oakland, Ore. is leading the individual gross portion of the Open Division after posting the round of the day with a 5-under par 67. Wilson’s round consisted of six birdies that included a stretch of three in a row, offset by a lone bogey on the par 3, 4th hole. Wayne Fisk of Delta, B.C. is in first place at 12-under par 132 in the net portion. Glen Clark of Medford, Ore. and Wilson lead the team competition, gross portion, with an 11-under par 133 while Gary Belvoir of Eagle, Idaho and Fisk lead the net portion with a 22-under par 122.

ABOUT THE PNGA Senior Amateur

Format: 54-hole Stroke Play Competition for seniors and super seniors with the following divisions:

Senior Championship (55+) – Contestants entering in the Senior Championship will compete in individual competition only (gross only) and will play from a separate set of tees, at a longer yardage.

Open Division (55+) – Contestants entering the Open Division will compete in an individual and a four-ball partnership competition (gross and net) and will compete from a shorter yardage. Players will be divided into flights according to age for individual competition only.

Super Senior Championship (65+) – Contestants entering in the Super Senior Championship will compete in individual competition only (gross only) and will play from a separate set of tees, at a slightly shorter yardage.

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