31st PNGA Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship To Be Held At Bear Mountain Golf Resort In Victoria

The Beautiful Bear Mountain Golf Resort Plays Host To The 2015 Pacific Northwest Men's Mid-Amateur - Image Credit Jeff Sutherland


August 31, 2015 

Victoria, B.C. – The 31st Pacific Northwest Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship will take place Sept. 1-3 at the Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort in Victoria, B.C. The 54-hole stroke-play championship will be conducted by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA) and will be played on the resort’s Valley Course.

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Players must be 25 years of age or older by September 1, 2015 and require a USGA Handicap Index or Golf Canada Handicap Factor of 8.4 or lower to be eligible.

Last year’s Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship at Running Y Ranch in Klamath Falls, Ore. finished in exciting fashion. Jeff Ward of Bend, Ore. bogeyed the 18th hole to fall into a playoff with Charlie Rice of Bend, Ore. and Brandon Lorain of Woodburn, Ore. Ward and Lorain birdied the second playoff hole while Rice was knocked out with a par. Ward then made another birdie on the third playoff hole to win the championship.

Ward is not in the field to defend his title, but some names to watch for in this year’s championship include last year’s runner-up Lorain; two-time PNGA Mid-Amateur champions, Karl Smith of Gig Harbor, Wash. (1991, 1996), and Craig Doell of Victoria, B.C. (1999, 2004); the 2001 champion, Alex Stamey of Mill Creek, Wash.; the 2002 champion and this year’s PNGA Men’s Master-40 champion, Erik Hanson of Kirkland, Wash.; Jim Dunlap of Beaverton, Ore. who recently finished runner-up in the Oregon Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship; and three-time PNGA Men’s Mid-Amateur Player of the Year Kevin Carrigan of Victoria, B.C.

The championship will be played at 6,667 yards. Opened in 2009 to complement the resort’s Mountain Course, the Valley Course challenges players with elevated teeing grounds, numerous lakes and creeks, and provides incredible views of Vancouver Island.

The 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 its allied associations, conducting quality championships, and promoting activities beneficial to golfers in the Pacific Northwest. For more than a century, 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.

Contact: Torrin Westwood, PNGA Assistant Manager of Rules and Competition
Phone: 253-214-2919 | Cell: 360-301-9038 | Email: torrin.westwood@thepnga.org