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.