Medalist Jonson Advances to Quarterfinal Matches at Pacific Northwest Amateur

Eight players withstood blazing heat at Wine Valley Golf Club in Walla Walla, Wash., to advance to the quarterfinals of the 111th Pacific Northwest Men's Amateur Championship.

In the Round of 32, medalist and No. 1 seed Carl Jonson of Bainbridge Island, Wash. defeated Gaston De La Torre of Brush Prairie, Wash. De La Torre made a strong run going 4-up through the first six holes, but Jonson brought the match to all-square through 15, and a clutch birdie on the 17th gave him his first lead of the day. A par on 18 gave Jonson 1-up victory.

Riley Fleming of Airdrie, Alberta, defeated Jake Wagner of Portland, Ore., 2&1 to set up his Round of 16 match with Jonson. Jonson's opponent Friday morning is Blake Snyder of Seattle, who defeated Hans Reimers of Albany, Ore., 1-up in the Round of 32 and Corey Gard of Villa Park, Calif. in the Round of 16. Snyder made a birdie putt on the 17th hole to close out the match 2 & 1.

Mason Casper of Mapleton, Utah, needed 22 holes in his Round of 32 match to defeat Greg Gildea of Vashon, Wash. but it took only 15 holes for him to to beat Charlie Mroz of Woodinville, Wash., after making birdies on Nos. 10, 13, 14, and 15 to win 4 & 3. His opponent in the quarterfinal match is Nick Chianello of Gresham, Ore., who recently won the Oregon Amateur. Chianello won by injury default setting up his Round of 16 matchup with Ian Dahl of Longview, Wash., Chianello birdied the first hole and kept the pressure on to eventually win 4 & 3.

Jarred Bossio of Olympia, Wash. used six birdies in 13 holes to defeat Eric Grimberg of Portland 6 & 5 in the Round of 32 before his match with the No. 2 seeded Tanner Higham of Shelley, Idaho. Higham led 1-up heading into the 18th hole, but Bossio birdied to go all-square. Another birdie finished the match on the 19th.

Bossio's opponent is Shotaro Ban of San Jose, Calif. Ban, a member of the Cal golf team, defeated Gregg LaVoie of Kennewick, Wash., 2 & 1 Thursday morning and closed out Scott Rubzin of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., with a birdie on the 15th hole to win in the afternoon, 4 & 3.

Rak Cho of Eugene, Ore., advanced to the quarterfinals by defeating David Nuhn of Moscow, Idaho 3 & 2 in the Round of 32 and Jacob Webb of Issaquah, Wash., in the afternoon. Cho, a rising star at the University of Oregon, used seven birdies in 15 holes to win 4 & 3.

Cho's opponent is Seattle's Ryan Books, who defeated Kent Hagen of Covington, Wash., in 19 holes in the morning and Andrew Whalen of Ephrata, Wash., 3 & 2 victory in the Round of 16.

Past champions of the Pacific Northwest Men's Amateur Championship include Bill Sander, Tiger Woods, Jeff Quinney, Ryan Moore, and Nick Flanagan, all of whom went on to win a U.S. Amateur title in the same summer. After winning the 1994 Pacific Northwest Men's Amateur title, Woods said, "The PNGA Men's Amateur will always be very special to me since it's my first men's amateur victory."

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