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WARKENTIN DOES IT AGAIN: BHS golfer takes title
Bainbridge High School golfer Sam Warkentin defeated Sean Yi 4 and 3 in the final match to win the 60th Pacific Northwest Junior Boys’ Amateur Championship, which was held this week at Emerald Valley Golf & Resort in Creswell, Oregon.
Yi had won the fourth hole of the scheduled 36-hole match to go 1 up, but then Warkentin took control, winning seven of the next 14 holes in charging to a 6-up lead after the morning round.
He played the first 18 holes 3-under par.
Warkentin extended his lead to 7-up after 26 holes before Yi battled back by winning three of the next six.
Warkentin closed out the match on the 33rd hole, when both players made birdie.
“It’s been a great week,” Warkentin said. “To be able to come out on top of a field with this many great players is pretty humbling.”
“I wanted to keep my rhythm going, starting the second 18,” he explained. “The weather changed a little bit [in the second 18], the greens got firmer and I had to kind of start up again.”
“Sean’s a great player, and I knew that whatever lead I had wasn’t really safe,” Warkentin added. “He didn’t have any putts drop early on, but they started to drop in the afternoon towards the end, so he started to put some pressure on me. I’m not too long of a hitter, but my driver is pretty straight, and that’s what you need to do, especially on this course.”
Warkentin has had an impressive season.
Last week, he won the Washington Junior Golf Association’s state championship and was named the WJGA Player of the Year. Earlier in the season, he tied for seventh in the Junior Americas Cup and just missed qualifying for the U.S. Junior Amateur.