Downs & Edwards in Amateur Final, Oregonians In Mid-Am Championship

Blue skies and warm temperatures brought the quarterfinals and semifinals of the 101st PNGA Women’s Amateur Championship and inaugural Women’s Mid-Amateur. The events are being held at Quilchena Golf and Country Club in Richmond, B.C.

Kailin Downs, of Bend G&CC in Bend, Ore., had her greatest test of the week. In her quarterfinals match, Downs was taken to the 18th hole by Sarah Bassett, of Manito G&CC in Spokane. Downs made her par putt, while Bassett missed to give Downs the match. Later in the afternoon during the semifinals, Stephanie Parsley, of Lake Chelan, Wash., took Downs 17 holes. But Downs held on to win 2 and 1.

Another notable quarterfinal match involved Josey Keller, of Rolling Hills GC in Bremerton, Wash. Keller defeated Lauren Ressler, of Bellingham G&CC, 2 and 1. In the afternoon, Keller won her semifinal match 1-up against Nicole Keller of Pumpkin Ridge GC, North Plains, Ore., after parring the 18th. Keller will face Downs in the finals.

In the PNGA Women’s Mid-Amateur, two Oregonians rose to the top. Marcia Fisher of Willamette Valley CC in Canby, was put to the test when she had to drop a par putt on 18 to advance to the semifinals. Fisher did so, then defeated Lisa Smego, of Indian Summer G&CC in Olympia, Wash., in the afternoon semifinal, 2 and 1.

Joan Edwards-Powell of Columbia Edgewater CC in Portland had her best showing of the championship thus far. Powell, a high seed in the championship flight, started the morning by defeating B.C. native, Sarah Turbide, of Swan-E-Set Bay Resort G&CC, 1-up. Powell was 2 up after nine holes of play, but Turbide came alive on the second nine. Edwards-Powell held on to advance to the semifinals. In the afternoon match, Edwards-Powell went against Jane Harris of Rainier G&CC in Seattle. Edwards-Powell was 1 up going into 18th hole, but made bogey while Harris parred, which forced a continuation of the match. Harris bogeyed the first playoff hole, while Edwards-Powell made par to advance to the finals against Fisher.