Merkle, Ianson lead PNGA Women's Sr. Team
Sunriver, Ore. – Kareen Markle of Meridian, Idaho and Shawna Ianson of Boise, Idaho started strong on Monday, as they fired a 6-under-par 66 on the Woodlands Course at Sunriver Resort to take a three-shot lead after the first round of the 30th Pacific Northwest Women’s Senior Team Championship.

Markle and Ianson got out of the gates quickly with a birdie on the par-5 first hole, and finished the front nine with three birdies and no bogeys for a 3-under-par 33. After back-to-back pars on 10 and 11, the duo made a birdie on the par-3 12th hole to move to 4-under-par on the day. Their sixth and final birdie of the day came on the par-4 18th hole, as Markle and Ianson completed their flawless first round at 6-under-par, three strokes clear of Lisa Smego of Olympia, Wash. and Karen Brannon of Redmond, Wash. The team’s catalyst for much of the day was Markle, as she was responsible for five of the team’s six birdies, but several key par saves by Ianson proved to be the perfect balance.

Smego and Brannon were cruising through the front nine at 2-under-par after birdies on holes three and four, but they dropped a shot with a bogey on the ninth hole to make the turn at 1-under-par. Birdies on 12 and 17 moved them up the leaderboard as they finished at 3-under-par 69, good enough for solo second place after the first round.

Last year’s runners-up, Rachel Whittington of Lake Oswego, Ore. and Nancy Eglin of Yakima, Wash., sit alone in third place after firing a 2-under-par 70 that included two birdies and no bogeys. Four-time defending champions Ginny Burkey of Fircrest, Wash. and Loree McKay of Hillsboro, Ore. are six strokes off the lead after finishing the first round at even-par 72.

The second round will be played on the Meadows Course at Sunriver Resort, beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning. For more information about the Pacific Northwest Women’s Senior Team Championship, and to follow live scoring throughout the week, go to www.thepnga.org.

The Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA) was founded on February 4, 1899. It is a 501c3 charitable, international, amateur golf association dedicated to preserving the true spirit of golf by supporting our allied associations, conducting quality championships, and promoting activities beneficial to golfers in the Pacific Northwest. The PNGA employs a full-time staff of 14, headed by a CEO/Executive Director, with offices located in Federal Way, Wash. Under the direction of the Board of Directors and in conjunction with a number of standing committees, the staff administers the day-to-day affairs of the Association. PNGA territory is broken down into five zones, which are: Zone 1 – Oregon; Zone 2 – Eastern Washington; Zone 3 – Western Washington and Alaska; Zone 4 – British Columbia and Alberta; and Zone 5 – Idaho and Montana. There are approximately 220,000 individuals at over 720 PNGA member golf clubs.

The original purpose of the PNGA was to conduct a regional amateur championship for men and women. For more than 110 years, the Association has been a pioneer in developing competitions and services and its mission has grown and evolved. Today, the PNGA remains committed to being a truly “regional” organization providing benefits and services to its members and member clubs throughout the Northwest.

ABOUT THE PNGA Women's Senior Team

54-hole Stroke Play Competition (Gross and Net). Play will be contested over two different golf courses using a different format on each day (Four-Ball, Chapman, and Four-Ball), Two-person teams with the field separated into two equal flights based on team handicap.

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