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Whatcom County strong in qualifying at PNGA Men’s Amateur

Former Blaine golfer Ryan Wallen sinks a putt for a birdie score during the 2013 Birger Solberg Golf Tournament at Bellingham Golf and Country Club. Wallen was one of three golfers to qualifying for the match play round of the Pacific Northwest Men’s Amateur Championship in Walla Walla.
Former Blaine golfer Ryan Wallen sinks a putt for a birdie score during the 2013 Birger Solberg Golf Tournament at Bellingham Golf and Country Club. Wallen was one of three golfers to qualifying for the match play round of the Pacific Northwest Men’s Amateur Championship in Walla Walla. The Bellingham Herald

Three Whatcom County golfers were among the 64 to advance to the match-play portion of the 115th Pacific Northwest Men’s Amateur Championship Monday and Tuesday, July 18-19, at the Wine Valley Golf Club in Walla Walla.

Former Blaine High standout Ryan Wallen, who is entering his senior year playing at the University of Wyoming, was the top local finisher in the 72-hole stroke-play qualifying portion of the tournament, as he tied for eighth by shooting a 4-under total of 140 (69-71).

Former Lynden Christian standout Willy Scholten, who will enter his junior year at Western Washington University, qualified 47th by shooting 145 (73-72). Former Lynden High golfer Ezra Arneson, who has signed a letter of intent to play for WWU next season, grabbed one of the final qualifying spots by shooting 146 (73-73).

Former Bellingham High golfers Cody Roth, who will be a sophomore at WWU this fall, and Nick Nolan, who will play at Gonzaga after winning the Class 2A state title last spring, failed to make the cut. Roth shot a 150 (75-75), while Nolan fired a 156 (79-77).

Two of Scholten’s and Roth’s Vikings teammates advanced through qualifying, as Michael Butler shot a 144 (72-72) and Chris Hatch scored 146 (73-73).

Round of 64 matches started Wednesday morning, July 20. Through nine holes, Wallen was 2-up on Kennewick’s Sota Nozaka and Scholten was all square with Carson Little of Portland, Ore. Butler and Hatch each trailed by a shot through four holes, while a score wasn’t yet available for Arneson.

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