Two atop 111th Pacific Northwest Women's Amateur; Murdoch & Folsom Share Lead in 11th Women's Mid-Amateur

For the second year in a row, Chessey Thomas of Spokane will enter the second round of stroke-play qualifying with a tie for the lead in the first round of the Pacific Northwest Women's Amateur Championship. This time Thomas, thanks to an even-par 71, is tied with Kyla Inaba of Kelowna, B.C. The championship is being held on the Valley Course at Bear Mountain Golf Resort in Victoria, B.C.

Thomas, a member of the University of Tennessee Lady Vols golf team, posted six birdies to offset four bogeys and a double-bogey. A strong 2-under-par 34 on the back nine took Thomas to the top of the leaderboard for the second straight year. "I got off to a rough start but I was able to take advantage of a few pins that were accessible," she said. "It's a tough course, definitely all about placement off the tee, but I got a couple putts to drop."

Inaba, a member of the University of Victoria golf team before graduating in 2009, set a blistering pace on the front nine, carding four of her six birdies on the day and making the turn in 3-under-par 32. After a triple-bogey on the par-4 13th, Inaba regained her composure and posted a 71 as well.

"I started pretty steady then had a few birdies in a row and got to 3-under, but stumbled a little," she said. "I hit a driver on the 13th hole into a bush and made a triple but I did my best to come back from that," Inaba said about her start. "The greens are rolling really true so it's all about placement on the greens," she added.

Megan Haase of Spokane played with Thomas and Inaba and shot a 72. Kaitlyn Oster of Portland and Sydney Kersten of Spokane share fourth after 76s.

In the Women's Mid-Amateur Championship at the same site, local favorite Alison Murdoch of Victoria and Leslie Folsom of Seattle are tied for first after 6-over-par 77s. Penny Baziuk of North Saanich, B.C., is a stroke back after a 78. Defending champion Sandra Turbide of Maple Ridge, B.C., got off to a tough start after an 85.

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