PomArleau Wins Pacific Northwest Men's Master-40

Kevin PomArleau of Wenatchee, Wash. captured the 36th Pacific Northwest Golf Association Men's Master-40 Amateur Championship title at Wenatchee Golf and Country Club in East Wenatchee, Wash. with a 2 and 1 victory over Dana Christianson of Tacoma.

Christianson would gain an early lead by making par on the par-4 fifth hole to go 1-up, but the match would go back and forth as the two traded holes to go all-square at the turn. PomArleau would get up and down from 20 yards for birdie on the par-5 10th hole to go 1-up.

The turning point in the match came on the par-4, 12th hole where PomArleau drained a 30-foot birdie putt and Christianson missed his attempt to push PomArleau's lead to 2-up. Christianson would battle back, winning the next hole to close the gap, but PomArleau's length on the short par-4 15th hole lead to another birdie and a 2-up lead with three to play. Both players made pars on 16 and 17 where the match ended.

The championship match saw two different styles of play from each player, with PomArleau hitting driver on every par-4 and par-5 while Christianson played more of a finesse game with precise iron play. The match came down to putting, where PomArleau used his course knowledge to get the win.

When asked about the victory, PomArleau said, "It was great; we had a lot of fun out there. I hit driver all day and made a couple of putts. It was a great match and the course was in great shape."

This is PomArleau's first PNGA Championship title and second amateur victory this year after winning the Royal Oaks Invitational in June.

The flight championship matches included Brent Christensen of Spokane defeating Tom Rippon of North Vancouver, B.C. in the Flight 1 championship 3 and 1, Mike Palmer of Manson, Wash. defeating Bret Bloom of Spokane in the Flight 2 championship 3 and 1, and David Stein of Silverdale, Wash. defeated Dan Harmon of West Linn, Ore. in the Flight 3 championship 5 and 4.

The above report is courtesy of the PNGA. For complete results, visit www.thepnga.org.