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Ziegler Captures 113th Pacific Northwest Women's Amateur; Jacobs Wins at 13th Women's Mid-Am
Aaren Ziegler of Canby, Ore., rallied in Friday's final match to win the 113th Pacific Northwest Women's Amateur at at Lewiston Golf & Country Club in Idaho. At the same venue, Amanda Jacobs of Seattle took control early and held on to win the 13th Pacific Northwest Women's Mid-Amateur.
Ziegler, the No. 1 seed after earning medalist honors in 36-hole qualifying, was quickly 2-down to Tyler Barker after six holes. Barker, the reigning IGA Women's Four-Ball champion (with her sister, Gabrielle), marched through the match-play bracket to face Ziegler in the final.
The match went back and forth for most of the 36-hole match, but after 29 holes Ziegler had built a 3-up lead and held on for the 2 and 1 victory.
This is the second time Ziegler has taken the championship, having also won in 2011 when it was held at Port Ludlow (Wash.) Golf Club. She will be a senior this fall playing for the University of Wisconsin.
"It's pretty exciting," said Ziegler, when asked how it felt to be a two-time winner of the championship. "I honestly didn't know what was going to happen here. This will probably be my last summer playing as an amateur because I'll be a senior this coming year. Tyler is obviously a really good player and she hits the ball really far, so I knew she would probably have birdies on the par-5s so I would have to make up for it on the other holes."
In the Mid-Amateur, Jacobs defeated Brie Stone, the No. 1 seed, 4 and 2. The victory was sweet revenge for Jacobs, who was runner-up in 2013. Not wanting to let this opportunity pass by, she built a 5-up lead after just eight holes, and held off Stone's late rally for the win.
"I've played in a lot of PNGA championships," said Jacobs. "So it feels great to finally have my name on one of the trophies. To see all the great names on there for all the championships, it's pretty great. Brie is a great player and I really enjoyed playing with her. When she was making her comeback on the back nine I was able to put together a couple of solid shots, which helped."
The above report is courtesy of the Pacific Northwest Golf Association. For more information and final results, visit www.thepnga.org.