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SUNRIVER, Ore. (Sept. 18, 2012) -- The Meadows and Woodlands courses at Sunriver Resort are set to host the 30th Pacific Northwest Men’s Senior Team Championship, conducted by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA), which commences Wednesday, September 19. The three-day championship includes several of the top senior amateur players in the Pacific Northwest.

This year’s field is headlined by defending champions Steve Berry of Vancouver, B.C. and Lance MacGregor of Delta, B.C. Berry and MacGregor shot a four-ball score of 4-under-par 68 in the rain-soaked final round of the 2011 Pacific Northwest Men’s Senior Team Championship at Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash., good enough for a three day total of 14-under-par 201 and a two-stroke victory.

Their stiffest competition in this year’s championship may in fact come from the two teams that finished in a tie for second last year. Larry Gilhuly of Gig Harbor, Wash., will look to improve upon his runner-up finish in 2011, this time pairing up with Jim McNelis, also from Gig Harbor, who recently earned qualifying medalist honors at the USGA Senior Amateur sectional qualifier at Broadmoor Golf Club in Seattle, Wash.

Bernie Bolokoski of White Rock, B.C., and Earl Macpherson of Surrey, B.C. also finished two shots off the pace last year and return this year with aspirations of hoisting the Dick Kanda Memorial Trophy at the end of the week. The first round will be played in Four-Ball format on the Woodlands Course, the second round will be played in Chapman Stroke Play format on the Meadows Course, and the final round will be a shotgun start played in Four-Ball format, also on the Meadows Course.

The championship is open to amateur golfers who are members in good standing of a PNGA member club and who have reached their 50th birthday as of September 19, 2012. This year’s competition consists of 42 teams competing for top honors in both gross and net formats. The Pacific Northwest Men’s Senior Team Championship is one of 16 regional championships conducted annually by the PNGA.

For more information about the Pacific Northwest Men’s Senior Team Championship, including pairings and live scoring, go to www.thepnga.org.

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