Angela Zhang - women's golf's newest phenom (Washington G.A. photo)
Angela Zhang of Bellevue, Wash. defended her title at the 30th Washington Women’s Amateur; Jacqueline Bendrick of Mercer Island won her third straight title in the 14th Women’s Mid-Amateur; Kim Shek of Bellevue shot rounds of 75-78 to win the 24th Washington Senior Women’s Amateur; while Karen Madison of Spokane Valley won the 10th Super Senior Women’s Amateur.
Women’s Amateur & Mid-Amateur:
The four championships were held concurrently at Wing Point Golf & Country Club and conducted by Washington Golf. The Women’s Amateur and Mid-Amateur championships were contested over 54 holes of stroke play on June 20-22, while the Senior and Super Senior championships consisted of 36 holes of stroke play on June 20-21.
The 14-year-old Zhang shot rounds of 73-69-72 to secure a comfortable wire-to-wire victory. She won by eight shots over runner-up Grace Lee of Bellevue.
“It feels great to get the win,” said Angela, “it’s really special to be able to defend my title here following up with last year’s win.” This is the second year in a row that Zhang has won this championship. Last year she was the youngest winner in the championship’s history at 13-years-old. She is only the third player in history to have won this championship twice.
Zhang is the reigning WA Golf Junior Girls' Player of the Year. She has won multiple AJGA and WJGA titles. In July she will play in the U.S. Women's Open at Pebble Beach.
Jacqueline Bendrick successfully defended her title in the Women’s Mid-Amateur after rounds of 71-76-82. This is the third year in a row that she has won this championship, making her the first three-time winner in the event's history. Finishing in second place, eight shots back was Sarah Lawrence of Monroe.
Bendrick is the reigning WA Golf Women’s Mid-Amateur Player of the Year.
Katherine Van Slyke of Bainbridge Island won the Women’s Mid-Amateur Net title after rounds of 81-77-67. Van Slyke, a member at Wing Point, won on her home course.
In the Senior Women’s Amateur Kim Shek began the final round tied for the lead with defending champion Sandra Turbide of Maple Ridge, B.C. The two were paired together in the final round. Shek got off to a strong start, shooting even par on the front nine and building a three-shot lead. Turbide couldn't close the gap on the back nine, allowing Shek to cruise to a three-shot victory.
This is Kim Shek's first-ever WA Golf title. She plays out of Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish and was named the WA Golf Senior Women's Player of the Year last year.
Jenny Park from Bothell won the Senior Women's Net title with a 1-over-par finish after Net rounds of 72-73.
In the Super Senior, Karen Madison entered the final round three shots back of defending champion Sunny Sue Kim of Bellevue. The two were paired together in the final round.
Madison withstood a strong charge from Lisa Smego of Oro Valley, Arizona, who fired a 77 in round two to climb up the leaderboard within one shot of the lead. In today's final round, Madison finished with three straight pars to hold on to a one-shot victory.
This is the third Super Senior title for Karen Madison, who previously won this championship in 2016 and 2021. She was named the WA Golf Senior Women’s Player of the Year in 2015.
Kum Kim of Everett captured the Super Senior Women’s Net title, finishing at 1-under par for the championship after rounds of 68-75.
The Women’s Amateur, Women’s Mid-Amateur, Senior Women’s Amateur and Super Senior Women’s Amateur are four of 14 championships conducted annually by WA Golf.View results for Washington Women's Amateur & Mid-Amateur
ABOUT THE Washington Women's Amateur & Mid-Amateur
Entries are open to female amateur golfers who: (1)
have an up-to-date USGA Handicap Index issued by a
WA Golf member club not exceeding 16.4, and (2) are
members in good standing of a WA Golf member club.
54-hole stroke play (gross only).
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