Top Northwest Amateurs Set to for 7th Annual PNGA Cup at Gorge Vale GC in Victoria, B.C.

The 2012 Pacific Northwest Golf Association's championship season kicks off this week as 48 of the top amateur golfers in the region prepare to square off in the 7th PNGA Cup, to be held at Gorge Vale Golf Club in Victoria, B.C. on May 2-4.

Golf British Columbia, the Idaho Golf Association, Oregon Golf Association, and Washington State Golf Association will each send a 12-person team consisting of eight men and four women. The representation includes four mid-amateur men of 25 years of age or older, two men of 40 years or older, two senior men of 55 years or older, two mid-amateur women of 25 years or older and two senior women of 50 years or older.

The Ryder Cup-style format includes four-ball and foursome matches the first day and singles matches on the second and final day. With three matches per player, the championship allows each competitor to compete against players from each of the other associations.

The Oregon Golf Association successfully defended its 2010 PNGA Cup title with a nail-biting two-point victory in 2011 at Eugene (Ore.) Country Club. The WSGA team made a late charge during the singles matches, earning nine out of a possible 12 points to close the gap, but ultimately fell two points short. OGA has won the Cup four times dating back to the inaugural PNGA Cup held at Seattle Golf Club in 2005 and boasts an overall record of 116-58-43 during that time.

Gorge Vale Golf Club in Victoria, B.C. was designed by A. Vernon Macan in 1927 and is one of Victoria's premier golf destinations. Known for its undulating terrain and picturesque yet demanding layout, Gorge Vale will provide a true test for the 2012 PNGA Cup competitors.

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