Portland's Gretchen Johnson, Lara Tennant Honored by PNGA
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - Gretchen Johnson (Portland, Ore.) and Lara Tennant (Portland, Ore.) were named the Pacific Northwest Golf Association's (PNGA) Players of the Year in the Women's Mid-Amateur and Senior Women's categories, respectively, it was announced on Thursday.
The two OGA competitors are two of eight total award recipients for 2018.
Johnson had a breakout year in 2018, beginning the year by winning her second-consecutive OGA Women's Tournament of Champions title. She finished runner-up at the Oregon Women's Mid-Amateur, and advanced to the round of 16 at this year's Oregon Women's Amateur Championship.
At the 2018 PNGA Women's Mid-Amateur Championship, Johnson lost in the championship match. She followed up that performance by advancing all the way to the semifinals of the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship.
Tennant recently completed a standout season, winning a national championship at the U.S. Senior Women's Amateur Championship in October. It was Tennant's first USGA Championship victory, a year after earning co-medalist honors at the same event held at her home club of Waverley in Portland.
Tennant continued her dominance in OGA events in 2018, as well, defending her titles at both the Oregon Women's Mid-Amateur and Oregon Senior Women's Amateur Championships. She also qualified and played in the inaugural U.S. Senior Women's Open, and finished second at the California Senior Women's Amateur.
The PNGA Player of the Year candidates are nominated by the various state and provincial golf associations that comprise the PNGA (Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington), and are selected by a vote of the PNGA Championship Committee and members of the Northwest Golf Media Association. The Mid-Amateur category was created in 2012. The awards are officially presented at the PNGA Annual Meeting in the spring.