Jon McCaslin (PNGA photo)
Jon McCaslin of Olympia, Wash., shot rounds of 68-69-68 to win the 35th Pacific Northwest Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship, held this week at The Home Course in DuPont, Wash. The 54-hole stroke-play championship was conducted by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA).
David Hansen of Edmonds, Wash., and Matt Ristine of Bonney Lake, Wash., finished in second place, four strokes behind McCaslin.
McCaslin was tied for the lead after the first round, but then slowly pulled away from the field and finished with a four-shot victory by only recording one over par hole throughout the week. McCaslin had previously won the 2018 WSGA Champion of Champions, which was also playe at The Home Course. Earlier this summer, McCaslin made it to the quarterfinals of the PNGA Men’s Amateur.
“The game felt really solid this week and my irons were solid and gave me opportunities on the greens” said McCaslin.
ROUND TWO RECAP
Jon McCaslin of Olympia, Wash., fired a 3-under 69 to gain a one-shot lead over David Hansen after the second round of the 35th PNGA Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship, being played at The Home Course in DuPont, Wash.
Hansen, of Edmonds, Wash., had the low round of the day with a 5-under 67 to push himself up the leaderboard into solo second place.
PNGA Senior Men’s Player of the Year Tom Brandes finished the day at 1-under 71 to move up to a tie for fifth place.
As the wind picked up, scoring conditions became tougher with only eight players under par for today’s round.
ROUND ONE SCORING
Jon McCaslin of Olympia, Wash., and Maxwell Carter of Woodinville, Wash., opened the PNGA Mid-Amateur with hot rounds of 68 to get the early lead at the Home Course in DuPont, Wash. The rain over the weekend and beautiful weather made for great scoring conditions, with 11 players finishing the day under par.
McCaslin was steady all day, and never made a bogey. His two birdies came at Nos. 2 and 17, and he added an eagle at No. 8.
As for Carter, he made three birdies on the front nine before erasing them all with three consecutive bogeys at Nos. 12-14. He ended the day, however, with a birdie run from Nos. 15-18 to get to 4 under.
A group of three players is tied for third at 3-under 69 including Jeff Cooper, Matt Ristine and Bjorn Bjorke.
Tom Brandes of Bellevue, Wash., the 2018 PNGA Senior Men’s Player of the Year, finished the first round with a 2-under 70 to finish in a tie for sixth.
ABOUT THE PNGA Mid-Amateur
Format: 54-hole Stroke Play Competition (Gross
only). The field will be cut to the low 60 players and
ties for the final round.
Age Limit: Entrants must be 25 years of age or older
by the start of the tournament.
Handicap Limit: Entrants must have a USGA
Handicap Index or Golf Canada Handicap Factor of
8.4 or less.
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