Canadian golfer outlasts field to win PNGA Junior Boys crown

Updated: August 30, 2012

After an impressive week of championship caliber golf, No. 20 seed Kevin Vigna of Coquitlam, B.C. outlasted No. 15 seed Lucas Gatto of Burnaby, B.C., 4&2 to win the 58th Pacific Northwest Junior Boys’ Amateur Championship, conducted by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA).

Playing against his friend and fellow-Vancouver Golf Club member, Gatto struck first in the championship match and, after a birdie on the par-4 second hole, found himself 2-up. The lead slipped back to 1-up through six holes as the pair navigated the front nine, the tension building along the way. A par on the par-3 eighth hole by Gatto extended the lead back to 2-up before Vigna went on a run, winning the ninth and 10th holes to pull all square. The match remained all-square until the par-5 13th hole, when Vigna took his first lead of the day.

• Jordan Ferreira of University Place, Wash. defeated Marianne Li of Bellevue, Wash. 2 and 1 in the final match to take home the trophy as Champion of the 57th Pacific Northwest Junior Girls’ held last month at Sunland Golf and Country Club.

Ferreira, the championship’s Co-Medalist and No. 1 seed, fell behind early in the match. On the first hole, a par-5, the two long hitters were both on in two. Ferreira, putting first, cozied her 60-foot eagle try to tap-in range for her birdie, but Li then dropped her 55-foot putt for an eagle three to win the hole. Ferreira had a 1-up lead standing on the ninth tee, when she hit a 3-metal off the tee into the pond on the right side of the fairway.