SALEM, Ore. – Team British Columbia took medalist honors at the 31st North Pacific Junior Ladies Team Matches played May 27-28 at Illahe Hills Country Club in Salem. The winners posted a tournament-high 14.0 points to edge out Team Washington who tallied 9.5. Team Oregon finished third with 6.5 points, while Idaho rounded out the field in fourth with 6.0 points.
This event, administered by the Oregon Golf Association, is similar to the Curtis Cup Matches for Amateur women which is known for friendly competition between the United States, Great Britain, and Ireland.
This event was entirely match play with the front nine worth one point, the back nine worth one point, and the entire 18 worth one point. The format for day one included six four-ball matches with a total of 18 points possible. Day two included six foursome matches (alternate shot), for a total of 18 points possible, making the total points possible for the event 36.
Day one opened on a warm and beautiful day on a superb and well maintained Illahe Hills Country Club. There were lots of smiles and great shots from all four teams as they navigated through this match play test. After day one the Oregon girls were able to snag two points, Idaho received 2.5, Washington 7.5, and British Colombia 6.0. The leader in the clubhouse after day one was Washington with 7.5 points.
On day two spirits were high on all teams and everyone set out to capture more points. All of the matches were exciting but British Columbia made the comeback and refused to be beat. At the end of day two British Columbia captured 8.00 points for a total of 14.00, Washington grabbed 2.00 points for a total of 9.50, Oregon won 4.50 points for a total of 6.50, and Idaho earned 3.50 for a total of 6.00.
The 2018 North Pacific Jr. Ladies Team Matches will be held in Idaho with the location yet to be determined.
A special thanks to Illahe Hills Country Club and their generous staff for hosting such a great event. Also, a big thanks to all host families and volunteers who made sure the girls had the best possible experience.