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NW Amateur Golfers Compete in Richland

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RICHLAND, Wash. - Where do amateur women golfers from all over the Northwest go to compete for the championship?  Well, for this year at least, it's Richland.
The Pacific Northwest Golf Association is holding the Women's Amateur Championship at Meadow Springs in Richland.  This the 107th year the PNGA has held the Amateur Championship, but the first time ever it's been at Meadow Springs.  72 of the top amateurs will compete for the coveted title. and just because they are amateurs doesn't mean they aren't great golfers.
These girls are good," said Chairperson Jerry Dronen. "They're not just sluffers.  Our low score today was a 69 (by Anya Tanpinco). A 69 on this course is pretty good."
The PNGA Women's Mid-Amateur includes some prominent women mid-amateurs from the Northwest.  Defending and two-time champion, Karren Markle of Eagle, Idaho will be defending her title.  Markle has made it to the final match three years in a row.  The 2006 champion and one of British Columbia's best senior women amateurs, Alison Murdoch is also set to play.  Murdock also held the PNGA Senior Women's Amateur title in 2005.  Also a threat is Lisa Smego of Olympia, Wash. who is the 2004 Champion and 2005 and 2007 runner-up.  In all, 72 golfers will compete at this year's championship.  45 contestants will compete in the Women's Amateur Championship, and 27 will compete in the Mid-Amateur Championship.  
Over the years, Meadow Springs CC has been the site of numerous prestigious golf championships, including eleven years as a PGA Nike Tour site.  The Pacific Northwest Women's Amateur Championship consists of 36 holes of stroke play qualifying to determine the 16 contestants who will advance to match play.  All matches are single-elimination and contested over 18 holes, with exception to the 36-hole championship final match.
 The Pacific Northwest Women's Mid-Amateur Championship consists of 36 holes of stroke play qualifying to determine the flights for match play. 16 will advance to the championship flight; all other contestants will be placed in flights of 8 by 36-hole qualifying score.  All matches are single-elimination and contested over 18 holes, with the exception of the 36-hole championship final match in the championship flight only.
  The Women's Amateur and Mid-Amateur is two of 15 regional championships conducted annually by the PNGA.  For more information about the PNGA and the Women's Amateur and Mid-Amateur, you can visit www.thepnga.org.
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