Haack Captures Men's Title in Playoff; Murdoch Victorious in the Women's Division
DuPont, Wash. (October 13, 2010) - Haack survived a two hole playoff with defending champion Bjorn Bjorke of Port Orchard to win the Men's Championship. Both players played superb in today's final round with Haack firing a 5-under 67 and Bjorke a 4-under 68 to both sit at 7-under 137 overall. Haack held a one stroke advantage heading into the final hole of regulation,but Bjorke drained a 40-foot birdie putt from off the fringe to send it to a playoff.
In the playoff both players made par on the first hole with Haack missing a 12-foot birdie putt to win. Haack was able to secure the championship on the next hole making a routine par with Bjorke making bogey.
In the Women's Championship Murdoch started the day two shots off the lead and after a front nine of 3-over 39 she remained two shots behind first round co-leader Yasue Alkins of Lacey. Murdoch's consistent play was too much for Alkins on the back nine as Murdoch made seven pars, 1 birdie and 1 bogey and finished with a final round of 3- over 75. Her total of 11-over 155 gave her a four stroke victory over Alkins who finished runner-up at 15-over 159.
This year's field consisted of 42 champions from around the state of Washington. The championship is made up of 30 contestants in the men's division and 12 contestants in the women's division.
To be eligible for the championship a player must fall into one of the following categories; current year and immediate past year (January 1, 2009 - October 1, 2010) Club Champion of a WSGA Member Club, current year champion of a WSGA Championship (excluding the Member Club Team, the Men's and Women's Best-Ball's and the Parent-Child), Top-5 on the WSGA Women's Performance Points List as of October 1, Top-10 on the Men's Performance List as of October 1, Current year WJGA State Junior Boys and Girls Champion, and current year champion of any event on the WSGA Performance Points List. The championship will consist of 36-holes of gross stroke play with competitors being repaired for the second round according to score.