Washington State Golf Association Selects Squad for 2012 PNGA Cup

The Championship Selection Committee for the Washington State Golf Association has announced its 2012 team to represent the association at the 7th Annual PNGA Cup, to be held at Gorge Vale Golf Club in Victoria, B.C., from May 2-4.

The team's mid-amateur men's selections include the 2010 WSGA Champion of Champions, Mike Haack of Bellevue, the 2011 WSGA Mid-Amateur champion, Stephen Lee of Everett, the 2010 PNGA Master-40 winner, Erik Hanson of Kirkland, and Chris Bae of Issaquah, who placed 13th at the 2011 Northwest Open.

The 2012 men's Master-40 selections include 2011 Senior Washington Open Champion and WSGA Senior Amateur champion, Tom Brandes of Bellevue, as well as 2011 PNGA Master-40 semifinalist, Alex Stamey of Mill Creek.

Shawn Farmer of Bellevue and Leslie Folsom of Seattle comprise the team's mid-amateur women's selections. Farmer, making her first appearance in the PNGA Cup, made the Round of 16 at the 2011 USGA Mid-Amateur and finished fourth in the 2011 WSGA Women's Mid-Amateur. Folsom, the 2011 WSWGA Championship champion and two-time defending SWGA City winner, is a veteran of PNGA Cup competitions, having played in every match since its inception.

Representing the team in the senior men's category will be 2011 PNGA Senior Amateur champion and 2011 Senior Porter Cup runner-up Larry Daniels of Seattle, and Kent Brown of Colville, who tied for sixth in the 2011 PNGA Mid-Amateur and the 2011 WSGA Senior Amateur.

The senior women will be represented by 2011 WSGA Senior Amateur champion Ginny Burkey of Fircrest and 2011 WSGA Mid-Amateur winner Lisa Smego of Olympia.

The PNGA Cup is a Ryder Cup-style competition between allied associations belonging to the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA), including British Columbia Golf, the Idaho Golf Association, Oregon Golf Association, and WSGA.

The PNGA Cup consists of foursome matches, four-ball matches and singles matches. Each association will compete in 24 matches (men and women). One point is awarded for each match won and a half-point is given for every match that ends all-square (tied). The association with the most points at the conclusion of the PNGA Cup is the champion.

Each association sends 12 representatives, selected from the following age and gender categories: four mid-amateur men (25 years or older), two Master-40 men (40 or older), two senior men (55 or older), two mid-amateur women (25 or older), and two senior women (55 or older).

The Oregon Golf Association successfully defended its 2010 PNGA Cup title with a nail-biting two-point victory in 2011 at Eugene 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.

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

The above report is courtesy of the WSGA. For more information, visit www.thewsga.org.