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.