Finals set at Pacific Northwest Amateur

BEND, Oregon (July 15, 2011) – The Championship Match is set at the 110th Pacific Northwest Men’s Amateur Championship conducted by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA) at Tetherow in Bend, Ore.

Friday began with 8 players still vying for the Championship and ended with just 2 after quarterfinal and semifinal action on a day where the weather was perfect and Tetherow continued to impress and challenge even the best players.

In the morning quarterfinal matches, #33 seed Joseph Harrison of Boulder City, Nev. narrowly advanced by defeating #24 seed Spencer Anderson of Pacific Palisades, Cali., 1-up in an exciting back and forth match. Only 3 holes were halved and neither player was ever more than 1-up and never held it after the following hole. Anderson took back a 1-up advantage on hole No. 16 but Harrison capped off a great round with a birdie on the par-3 17th hole and a final birdie on the par-5 18th hole to win 1-up.

In the second quarterfinal match, #36 seed Zac Blair of Ogden, Utah defeated #44 seed Chad Vivolo of Carmel, Cali. 4&2 to advance to the semifinals. Blair was 2-down early after three holes but bounced back by winning holes Nos. 4 and 5 to even the match. A birdie on hole No. 11 gave Blair his first lead of the match and he kicked it into overdrive winning three straight from 14-16 to close out Vivola.

Tyler Raber the #15 seed from El Macero, Cali. also advanced through the quarterfinals with a 4&3 win over #7 seed Nick Thomas of Westlake Village, Cali. Raber controlled the match much of the day and won seven holes between Nos. 3 and 14 to continually build his lead to a 4&3 victory.

In the final quarterfinal match, #35 seed Bobby Monaco of Eugene, Ore. defeated #54 seed Kevin Rei of Sonora, Cali. in another match that went the distance. Rei won the first two holes of the day and Nos. 6 and 7 for a 2-up lead but would not win another hole in the match and Monaco bounced back by winning holes Nos. 9, 11, and 13 followed by five straight halves to advance to the semifinals after the 1-up win.

In the afternoon semifinals, Blair was dominant again and made his presence known with 5 birdies, 1 eagle and no bogeys en route to a decisive 5&3 victory over Harrison. Blair trailed 1-down after three holes but caught fire and won 7 of the final 11 holes to punch his ticket to the finals.

Raber also continued his dominance in match play with a big 3&1 win over Monaco in the semifinals. Monaco jumped out to an early 2-up lead after five holes but Raber bounced back by winning holes No. 6, 7, 8, and 10 to take the 2-up lead. Refusing to quit, Monaco had one last comeback of his own and squared the match back up after wins at holes No. 11 and 14 but then ran out of gas and lost holes No. 15, 16, and 17 to be closed out 3&1.

Blair, a Junior to be on the BYU Golf Team will face Raber who is a Senior on the UC Davis Golf Team Saturday morning in a 36-hole championship match.

The Championship began with 36-holes of stroke play qualifying followed by a cut to the low 64 players who advanced to single elimination match play. The 36-hole finals will commence Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m. followed by the afternoon round at 12:00 p.m. off of the #1 tee.

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

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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.

The Championship will be conducted in two stages:

Stroke Play – All players must complete the 36-hole stroke play qualifying in order to determine the 64 players who will advance to match play. In the event of a tie for the final qualifying spot(s), a sudden- death playoff will be used to determine the qualifiers. In the event of a tie for the Qualifying Medalist, a sudden-death playoff will commence.

Match Play – The General Numerical Draw will be in effect. Single elimination match play. 36-hole Championship Final Match. All other matches are 18 holes.

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