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Scholten, Wallen survive and advance at PNGA Men’s Amateur

Lynden Christian’s Willy Scholten watches a tee shot at the 2012 Class 1A Northwest District Tournament at North Bellingham Golf Course. Scholten advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2016 PNGA Men’s Amateur on Thursday, July 21.
Lynden Christian’s Willy Scholten watches a tee shot at the 2012 Class 1A Northwest District Tournament at North Bellingham Golf Course. Scholten advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2016 PNGA Men’s Amateur on Thursday, July 21. The Bellingham Herald

Former Lynden Christian golfer Willy Scholten and Blaine standout Ryan Wallen advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2016 Pacific Northwest Golf Association Men’s Amateur with a pair of match-play victories Thursday, July 21, at the Wine Valley Golf Club in Walla Walla.

Scholten, who will enter his junior year at Western Washington University, needed two extra holes to get by Kirkland’s Frank Garber, in a back-and-forth round-of-16 match. Garber actually evened the match on the 18th hole, before Scholten rolled in the match winner two holes later.

Earlier Thursday, Scholten advanced through the round of 32 with a 4 and 3 victory over Edgewood’s Vinnie Murphy, winning the 13th, 14th and 15th holes to close out the match.

Wallen, who is entering his senior season playing for the University of Wyoming, opened the day with a 2 and 1 victory over Sammamish’s Li Wong. Wallen won the fifth, sixth, ninth and 12th holes to go 3-up, then clinched the victory by winning the 17th.

In the afternoon, Wallen followed up a 3 and 2 victory over Bainbridge Island’s Sam Warkentin in the round of 16, winning the ninth, 11th and 16th holes to take control of the match.

Scholten’s WWU teammates, Michael Butler and Chris Hatch, both lost in the round of 32. Butler fell 6 and 5 to Carl Yuan of Mary, Fla., while Hatch fell 1-up to Erphrata’s Aaron Whalen.

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