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Haase Medalist in Pacific Northwest Women's Amateur; Baziuk Low Player in Women's Mid-Amateur
Megan Haase of Spokane took medalist honors at the 111th Pacific Northwest Women's Amateur Championship at Bear Mountain Golf Resort in Victoria, B.C., and Penny Baziuk of North Saanich, B.C. did the same in the 11th Pacific Northwest Women's Mid-Amateur.
Haase, who will attend the University of Colorado this fall, trailed co-leaders Chessey Thomas of Spokane and Kyla Inaba of Kelowna, B.C., by a stroke after opening with a 1-over-par 72. But Haase responded carded a 1-under-par 70 Tuesday for a two-day total of even-par 142 and a five-shot margin over Inaba.
"I just played really consistently. I hit almost every fairway and almost every green," said Haase, who finished with two birdies and only one bogey in her second round. "I didn't have a whole lot of problems."
A primary reason why Haase took medalist honors was her ability to maneuver around the difficult greens on the Valley Course at Bear Mountain Golf Resort. "I'm definitely not used to this much undulation," she said. "I've never seen greens like this, but if you are aggressive, and smart on your irons, the putts are okay."
As the top seed for the first round of Wednesday's match-play, Haase won't change her approach. "I can look at the holes a little differently but overall you just have to be smart and see what you can do."
In the Women's Mid-Amateur at Bear Mountain, Baziuk secured medalist honors with a 1-over-par 72 and a one-stroke victory over Shelly Stouffer. "The golf course played great. The greens are tough, but I putted well and just played steady," said Baziuk, who carded two birdies to three bogeys. When asked what her approach will be as she enters the match play portion of the championship, Baziuk simply said, "I'll just play within myself and play the course, not the opponent."
The above report is courtesy of the PNGA. For more information and scoring details, visit www.thepnga.org.