Top seeds advance in PNGAs

Top-seeded Carl Jonson defeats Tanner Highman, 5 and 4, to advance in the PNGA Amateurs.

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A golfer tees off during the Pacific Northwest Men's Amateur Championship at Wine Valley Golf Club Wednesday morning.

WALLA WALLA - The top five qualifiers and seven of the top 10 advanced to today's second round of match-play competition in the Pacific Northwest Golf Association's Men's Amateur Championships that is being contested here this week at the Wine Valley Golf Club.

Top-seeded Carl Jonson, who won that honor by besting Tanner Highman in a sudden death playoff to begin the day, continued his strong play following his blistering course-record 63 Tuesday during the second and final round of medal-play competition.

Jonson, who is from Bainbridge Island, Wash., pushed aside Dan Whitaker of Ellensburg 5 and 4 to move into this morning's round of 32. Jonson was 4-under par through the required 14 holes and took charge of the match with a string of five birdies over the final eight holes after Whittaker had pulled even with a par on the sixth hole.

Whittaker entered the day as the No. 64 seed.

Meanwhile, Highman, who is from Shelley, Idaho, proved worthy of his No. 2 seed with a similar 5 and 4 victory over 63rd seed Eric Peterson of Nampa, Idaho.

The other top 10 seeds to advance Wednesday were No. 3 Dylan Maine of Spokane, who posted the most lopsided match of the day with a 7 and 6 victory over Jeffrey Neeley of Mukilteo, Wash.; No. 4 Charlie Mroz of Woodinville, Wash., who toppled Darren Kuhn of Pocatello, Idaho, 4 and 3; No. 5 Nicholas Chianello of Gresham, Ore., a 5 and 4 winner over Garrett Howard of Spokane; No. 7 Gregg LaVoie of Kennewick, a narrow 2 and 1 victor over Taylor Schmidt of Boise, Idaho; and No. 8 Preston Valder of Yorba Linda, Calif., who took care of Gordon Webb of Malta, Mont., 4 and 3.

In what proved to be the biggest upset of the first round, Jonny Baxter of Pleasanton, Calif., the sixth seed, fell to 59th-seeded Ryan Books of Seattle 1-up. No. 9 seed Brian Jung of Corvallis, Ore., was a 2 and 1 loser to Blake Snyder of Seattle, and 10th-seeded Niall J. Platt of Santa Barbara Calif., lost to Devin Dehuff of Coto De Caza, Calif., on the 19th hole.

There were four extra-hole matches in all, none more exciting than Walla Wallan Tyler Daniels' defeat at the hands of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., golfer Kevin Dehuff on the 21st hole of play.

Daniels, who is the greens superintendent at Wine Valley, was on the golf course on a piece of machinery this morning and unavailable for comment, Wine Valley head professional John Thorsnes said.

"I know that Tyler missed a putt on 17 to win the match and then bogeyed No. 18 that allowed Casper to pull even," Thorsnes said.

The two players matched scores on the first two extra holes. But on the third, Daniels' drive found the long grass and he was unable to find his ball.

"He had to return to the tee with a two-stroke penalty, and that pretty much sealed it," Thorsnes said.

Daniels was one of two local players to survive the 64-player cut after two rounds of medal-play competition. The other, Walla Walla's Ryan Baumgart, lost a 4 and 3 match to Mason Casper of Mapleton, Utah. Casper came into the match as the No. 13 seed, Baumgart at No. 52.

"Ryan just didn't make any putts," Thorsnes said of Baumgart's round. "He told me that he missed four or five putts inside of 10 feet."

No longer a contender in the PNGA Amateur, Baumgart, who is a senior-to-be at DeSales High School, can quickly turn his attention to the annual Banner Bank Junior Invitational that begins today at the Walla Walla Country Club.

"That," Thorsnes said, "is the only upside."

The PNGA tournament continued today with a double round that will trim the field to eight players. The quarterfinals and semifinals will be contested Friday, with the 36-hole championship match slated for Saturday, with the first 18 holes beginning at 7:30 a.m.

PNGA Men's Amateur

Round of 64

At Wine Valley Golf Club

Walla Walla, Wash.

7,366 yards, par 72

Carl Jonson, Bainbridge Island, Wash., (1) def. Dan Whitaker, Ellensburg, Wash., (64), 5 and 4.

Gaston De La Torre, Brush Prairie, Wash., (32) def. Cole Lorenzo, Richland, (33), 4 and 2.

Riley Fleming, Airdrie, Alberta, (49) def. Samuel Kloenne, West Linn, Ore., (16), 5 and 3.

Jake Wagner, Portland, (17) def. Conner Barr, Beaverton, Ore., (48), 19 holes.

Preston Valder, Yorba Linda, Calif., (8) def. Gordon Webb, Malta, Mont., (57), 4 and 3.

Corey Gard, Villa Park, Calif., (40) def. David Rose, West Vancouver, B.C., (25), 3 and 2.

Blake Snyder, Seattle, (56) def. Brian Jung, Corvallis, Ore., (9), 2 and 1.

Hans Reimers, Albany, Ore., (24) def. Brent Pollock, Eugene, Ore., (41), 4 and 2.

Charlie Mroz, Woodinville, Wash., (4) def. Darren Kuhn, Pocatello, Idaho, (61), 4 and 3.

DJ Schultz, Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., (36) def. John Pechan, Bothell, Wash., (29), 2 and 1.

Mason Casper, Mapleton, Utah, (13) def. Ryan Baumgart, Walla Walla, Wash., (52), 4 and 3.

Greg Gildea, Vashon, Wash., (20) def. Scott Malo, Calgary, Alberta, (45), 2 up.

Nicholas Chianello, Gresham, Ore., (5) def. Garrett Howard, Spokane, (60), 5 and 4.

Reilly McMahon, Santa Maria, Calif., (37) def. Jesse Heinly, Bend, Ore., (28), 2 and 1.

Ian Dahl, Longview, Wash., (12) def. Jacob D. Gralitzer, Agoura Hills, Calif., (53), 4 and 3.

Sang Gyun Lee, Calgary, Alberta, (44) def. Jeremy Wendelken, Sammamish, Wash., (21), 3 and 1.

Tanner Higham, Shelley, Idaho, (2) def. Eric Peterson, Nampa, Idaho, (63), 5 and 4.

Kento Ogimi, Olympia, Wash., (31) def. Kyle Hurt, Bainbridge Island, Wash., (34), 19 holes.

Eric Grimberg, Portland, (15) def. Sean Collopy, Lake Oswego, Ore., (50), 4 and 2.

Jarred Bossio, Olympia, Wash., (47) def. Chris Tedesco, Gig Harbor, Wash., (18), 4 and 3.

Gregg LaVoie, Kennewick, (7) def. Taylor Schmidt, Boise, Idaho, (58), 2 and 1.

Shotaro Ban, San Jose, Calif., (26) def. Charlie Kern, Mercer Island, Wash., (39), 2 and 1.

Kevin Dehuff, Coto De Caza, Calif., (55) def. Niall J. Platt, Santa Barbara, Calif., (10), 19 holes.

Scott Rubzin, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., (42) def. Tyler Daniels, Walla Walla, (23), 21 holes.

Dylan Maine, Spokane, (3) def. Jeffrey Neeley, Mukilteo, Wash., (62), 7 and 6.

Jacob Webb, Issaquah, Wash., (35) def. Hunter Thompson, Richland, (30), 2 up.

David Nuhn, Moscow, Idaho,(14) def. Brian Mogg, Sammamish, Wash., (51), 1 up.

Rak Cho, Eugene, Ore., (46) def. Tyler Salsbury, Enumclaw, Wash., (19), 3 and 2.

Ryan Books, Seattle, (59) def. Jonny Baxter, Pleasanton, Calif., (6), 1 up.

Kent Hagen, Covington, Wash., (27) def. Damian Telles, The Dalles, Ore., (38), 2 and 1.

David Fink, Kailua, Hawaii, (11) def. Evan Dyar, Spokane, (54), 4 and 3.

Andrew Whalen, Ephrata, Wash., (43) def. Shawn Vanderwal, Kamloops, B.C., (22), 6 and 5.

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