Pacific Northwest Am: Fink medalist

BEND, Ore. (July 12, 2011) -- The 36-hole stroke play qualifying at the 110th Pacific Northwest Men’s Amateur Championship conducted by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA) finished up today with 152 players vying for a place in the top 64. Oregon State University teammates, David Fink of Kailua, HI and Matt Rawitzer of Bellingham, WA finished the qualifying tied at 7-under par 137 to force a playoff for medalist honors and the #1 seed in match play.

On the first playoff hole, Fink made a birdie to capture the Charles Henry Davis Medalist Award. After a wayward drive, Fink hit the flagstick with his approach from the desert and made the putt to best Rawitzer who was not able to convert a 12-foot birdie putt of his own.

Fink started the day two strokes back of first round leader Chris Williams of Moscow, Idaho, but made 8 birdies on the day which came on holes Nos. 1, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 17, and 18 to set the new competitive course record with a 5-under par 67.

Rawitzer also set out today on a blistering pace and recorded 3 birdies in a row on holes Nos. 2, 3, and 4 before holing out for eagle on the 426 yard par-4 5th hole. Turning in 5-under par 31, Rawitzer then made another streak of birdies on holes Nos. 10, 11, and 12 to get to 8-under par on his round. An approach shot which landed in the water on the par-5 13th hole was enough to record a double bogey and bogeys on the following two holes brought him back to 4-under par where he would eventually finish with a 68.

There was a 3-man playoff for the #64 seed with a 36-hole total of 156. Tyler Parker of Portland, Ore. made birdie on the first two playoff holes to best Thomas Gocke of Sammamish, Wash. and Sang Gyun Angelo Lee of Calgary, AB.

The Championship began with 36-holes of stroke play qualifying followed by a cut to the low 64 players who will advance to single elimination match play. The Round of 64 will commence Wednesday morning at 7:30 a.m. off of the #1 tee.

ABOUT THE Pacific Northwest Amateur

First held in 1899, the Pacific Northwest Men’s Amateur is one of the country’s longest running amateur championships. Held annually at world-class courses throughout the Pacific Northwest, this championship is played in the same format as the U.S. Amateur and features an impressive list of past champions that include; Nick Flanagan, Ben Crane, Jeff Quinney, Bill Sander, and Tiger Woods. Eligibility is open to members of the Pacific Northwest Golf Association and top amateurs throughout the world invited via Presidential Invitation. Each year’s champion earns a hosted exemption in to the Pacific Coast Amateur and Sahalee Players Championship. Non-PNGA members seeking a Presidential Invitation must submit a resume to the PNGA.

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Results For Pacific Northwest Men's Amateur Golf Championship
Place  Pts
WinUTZac BlairOgden, UT500
Runner-upCATyler RaberEl Macero, CA400
SemifinalsORBobby MonacoEugene, OR300
SemifinalsNVJoseph HarrisonBoulder City, NV300
QuarterfinalsCASpencer AndersonPacific Palisades, CA200

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