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Men's, Women's & Senior Public Links Champs Crowned
Champions were crowned Sunday in Moses Lake, Wash., in the 28th Annual Pacific Northwest Men's and 14th Annual Senior Men's and Women's Amateur Public Links Championships. The events, conducted by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA), were held at The Links at Moses Pointe.
The Men's Championship title came down to a duel between first-round leaders, Stephen Hartnett of Boise, Idaho, and Evan Needham of Bellingham, Wash. Needham entered the 18th hole with a two-stroke lead but made a costly bogey while Hartnett made his seventh birdie of the day to tie for the lead at 7-under 137. Riding that momentum, Hartnett calmly sank a 3-foot par putt on the first playoff hole to seal the victory.
In the Senior Men's Championship Bob Christensen of Post Falls, Idaho, rallied for the win. He started the final round a shot off the lead but quickly made up the difference on first-round leaders Keith Crimp of Ellensburg, Wash., and Rich Evenson of Mercer Island, Wash. by eagling the first hole of the day.
Christensen kept the pressure on, making four birdies and a lone bogey for a round of 5-under-par 67, taking his two-day championship winning score to an incredible 9-under par 135. Crimp, the reigning Washington State Senior Men's Amateur champion, posted a 1-over par 73 for a two-day total of 4-under-par 140 and second place. Defending champion Dave Farnam of Kent, Wash., four-time champion Kent Brown (2005-09) of Colville, Wash., and Ken Thompson of Lantzville, B.C,. finished tied for third at 3-under 141.
In the Women's Championship, 2008 and 2010 champion Kate Hildahl of Tualatin, Ore., captured her record-tying third PNGA Women's Amateur Public Links title after shooting a 1-over par to her winning total to 1-under 143. Hildahl used three birdies, two bogeys, and a double-bogey to become the only competitor in the field to break par in the 36-hole championship.
Brittany Tallman of Issaquah, Wash. shot the best round of the championship with an impressive 4-under 68 to earn runner-up honors at 1-over 145. First-round co-leader Victoria Fallgren of Lakewood, Calif., finished in third at 2-over.
The above report is courtesy of the PNGA. For complete results of the Pacific Northwest Amateur Public Links Championship, visit www.thepnga.org.