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Wallen, Scholten fall in quarterfinals of PNGA Men’s Amateur

Blaine’s Ryan Wallen reacts as his putt stops short of the cup at the 2012 Birger Solberg Invitational at Bellingham Golf and Country Club. Wallen lost in the quarterfinals of the 2016 PNGA Men’s Amateur on Friday, July 22.
Blaine’s Ryan Wallen reacts as his putt stops short of the cup at the 2012 Birger Solberg Invitational at Bellingham Golf and Country Club. Wallen lost in the quarterfinals of the 2016 PNGA Men’s Amateur on Friday, July 22. Bellingham Herald file

Former Blaine standout Ryan Wallen and former Lynden Christian golfer Willy Scholten saw their runs at the 2016 Pacific Northwest Men’s Amateur Championship come to an end in the quarterfinals on Friday, July 22, at the Wine Valley Golf Club in Walla Walla.

Wallen, who will be entering his senior season playing at the University of Wyoming, suffered a 5 and 4 loss to Ephrata’s Andrew Whalen. Whalen jumped out to a three-hole victory in the match, winning the second, seventh and eighth holes. Wallen responded by winning the ninth, but Whalen slammed the door by winning the 10th, 13th and 14th to close out the match.

Scholten, who will be a junior at Western Washington University, fell 2-up to Pete Griffith of Westlake Village, Calif., in his quarterfinal. Scholten won the 13th and 14th holes to even the match, but Griffith took control by winning the 15th and 16th. Scholten kept his hopes alive by winning the 17th hole, but Griffth clinched the victory by winning the 18th.

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