Blog 222, 7/11/12 - Webb Sole Qualifier at PNGA Amateur

Jake Webb
All nine of the golfers from Bellingham or those attending Western Washington University were capable of making it into the top 64 at the PNGA Men's Amateur Championship and qualifying for matchplay. Only one of them did, however.
With excellent rounds of 74 and 72 on the challenging, Dan Hixson-designed Wine Valley course in Walla Walla, Jake Webb, a senior at Western, qualified in a tie for 34th. The Issaquah resident now heads into the knockout portion of the event and today takes on Hunter Thompson of Richland who finished the 36 holes of medal play a shot ahead of Webb on 145.
Those outside the cut-line of 148 were former Viking Brian Barhanovich who missed qualifying by one stroke despite an excellent second-round 69; Bellingham native Matt Rawitzer who improved from 77 to 72 but also missed out by one; Jack Kelly and Mark Strickland whose rounds of 75 and 74 saw the Viking pair finish alongside Barhanovich and Rawitzer in a tie for 68th; Bellingham's James Hiester, now a sophomore at Rice University, who finished T81 after rounds of 77 and 73, Sam Ayotte (former Viking, T108, 77, 76), Sandy Vaughan (Viking senior, T117, 80, 74), Willy Scholten (Lynden native, T117, 78, 76) and Bellingham's Steven Rose whose second-round 73 was 15 shots better than his opening effort.
Tieing for medalist honors were Idaho's Tanner Higham, a junior at Utah State, who shot 67, 69, and Bainbridge Island's Carl Jonson, a sophomore at UNLV, who shot a brilliant course record 63 yesterday. The pair were due to play off this morning to decide who would be seeded number one.
Scores here.

Former Viking Sean Packer, who jumped for joy upon learning his six-over-par total of 150 at last month's Gold Mountain qualifier was good enough to get him into the US Amateur Public Links Championship at Soldier Hollow in Midway, UT, sadly missed out on matchplay after finishing two rounds of medal play tied for 125th on 12-over 154.
Scores here.

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