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Downs & Edwards-Powell Crowned Champions
Another beautiful day in western Canada put the spotlight on a pair of champions for the 101st PNGA Women’s Amateur Championship and the inaugural Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship. The two events were played at Quilchena Golf & Country Club in Richmond, B.C.
Kailin Downs, of Bend G&CC in Bend, Ore., continued her week of dominance by defeating Josey Edwards of Rolling Hills GC in Bremerton, Wash., 11 & 9. Downs finished the morning round 9-up as Edwards experienced putting woes. Downs cruised home to win the championship, closing out the match on the 27th hole after Edwards made bogey. The victory was Downs’ first in the prestigious PNGA Women’s Amateur.
As expected, the two veterans in the inaugural PNGA Women’s Mid-Amateur final had quite a contest for the title. Joan Edwards-Powell of Columbia Edgewater CC in Portland and Marcia Fisher, of Willamette CC in Canby, Ore., went 33 holes before the champion was decided. During the first 18 holes, Edwards-Powell was brilliant, birdieing three of the first four holes to quickly go 3-up.
Fisher fought back to put the match at all-square after 22 holes. Edwards-Powell then parred eight holes in a row to put her 5-up with five to play. The Portland-area teacher then held on to win on the 33rd hole, 4 & 3. The 2001 PNGA Senior Women’s Player of the Year and former PNGA Junior Girls champion added another trophy to her burgeoning case, becoming the first-ever Pacific Northwest Women’s Mid-Amateur champion.