Two Tri-Citians among top 30 at PNGA women's Am

July 15, 2013 

Kendall Prince of Corvallis, Ore., shot a new women’s course record in the first round of stroke-play qualifying at the 112th Pacific Northwest Women’s Amateur, firing a 5-under par 67 at Wine Valley Golf Club in Walla Walla on Monday.

She has a 5-shot lead over a strong field of the finest women amateur golfers from throughout the region.

Prince’s record round included five birdies and an eagle, and came despite two bogeys, including a three-putt on the downhill par-5 18th hole, her last hole of the day.

A graduate of Lake Oswego (Ore.) High School, Prince is continuing her sizzling summer, having already won the 2013 Oregon Women’s Amateur last month, a championship in which she finished runner-up in 2012.

Last year she attended Ohio State University, where she was named Big-10 Freshman of the Year, after which she transferred to the University of Arizona.

Last year’s champion, Chessey Thomas of Spokane, is tied for second after an even-par 72.

The women’s amateur championship consists of 36 holes of stroke-play qualifying held Monday and today, followed by a cut to the low 32 players who will advance to single-elimination match play.

Richland’s Hope Neidhold and Pasco’s Jalayne Martinez each fired 83s, and they are tied for 30th place heading into today’s final round of stroke play.

Richland’s Kristin Strankman is back in 36th after scoring an 86.

Richland’s Lacy Skwarek had a 92.

In the Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship, Kareen Markle leads after one round with a 74.

Walla Walla’s Dona Dunovant is second with a 77.

Walla Walla’s Tiffany Buissink fired a 95, while Walla Walla’s Sarah Michelson had a 98.

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