Hartnett and Needham lead PNGA Men's Public Links
27 Aug 2011
by Pacific Northwest Golf Association


MOSES LAKE, WASH. (Aug. 27, 2011) -- Competition play opened this morning at the 28th Annual Pacific Northwest Men’s and 14th Annual Senior Men’s and Women’s Amateur Public Links Championships conducted by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA) at The Links at Moses Pointe. Players were treated to sunny skies and ideal playing conditions on the desert classic design perched high above the west-shore of Moses Lake.

In the Men’s Championship Stephen Hartnett of Boise, Idaho and Evan Needham of Bellingham, Wash. set the pace, both shooting 3-under par 69 on the 6,977 yard par 72 championship layout. Hartnett used a run of 3 birdies on holes 13-15 along with two other birdies that offset two bogeys in his opening round. Needham, a member of the Western Washington University golf team, also made 5 birdies to counter two bogeys in his round of 69.

In the Senior Men’s Championship Keith Crimp of Ellensburg, Wash. and Rich Evenson of Mercer Island, Wash. are out in front of the field after firing 5-under par 67 on the 6,517 yard par 72 championship layout. Crimp, the reigning Washington State Senior Men’s Amateur Champion, got out to a hot start by making birdie on No. 1, No. 3, and No. 4, then eagled No. 6 and birdied No. 9 to make the turn at 6-under par 30. He would go on to make two bogeys and one more birdie for his impressive round of 67. Evenson played a flawless round of golf that included 5 birdies and no bogeys on his way to a spotless 67.

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