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Bellingham’s Orem, Allen fall in first round at PNGA amateurs

Western Washington University’s Audrey Orem follows through during the 2013 WWU Women’s Invitational at Bellingham Golf and Country Club. Orem advanced to match play at the 2016 PNGA Women’s Amateur.
Western Washington University’s Audrey Orem follows through during the 2013 WWU Women’s Invitational at Bellingham Golf and Country Club. Orem advanced to match play at the 2016 PNGA Women’s Amateur. pdwyer@bhamherald.com

Bellingham golfers Audrey Orem and Catherine Allen lost in the opening rounds of match play at the 2016 Pacific Northwest Golf Association Women’s Amateur Championship and Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship, respectively, Thursday, July 21, at Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum.

Orem, a Bellingham High graduate preparing to enter her senior season at Western Washington University, dropped four holes on the front nine in her match against Mercer Island’s Jacqueline Bendrick and lost 5 and 3. Orem was one of the final qualifiers for the match-play portion of the tournament, shooting 169 (85-84) in two stroke-play rounds Tuesday and Wednesday, July 19-20.

Allen lost 4 and 2 to Spokane’s Beth Wrigley in her mid-amateur match, despite a valiant effort to rally from five holes down with eight to play. She shot a 179 (88-91) in qualifying to advance to match play.

Orem’s Red Raider and Viking teammate, Brooke Branigan, failed to qualify for match play in the women’s amateur after shooting 179 (98-81) in qualifying.

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