Hanson rallies, captures Master-40

Updated: August 1, 2017

In a match pitting past champions against each other, Erik Hanson of Kirkland, Wash. overcame an early deficit in the final match to win the 42nd Pacific Northwest Master-40 Amateur Championship, at Salish Cliffs Golf Club.

Hanson defeated Paul Houvener of Mill Creek, Wash. 3 and 2. This is the fourth title in this championship for Hanson, having previously won in 2007, 2010 and 2015. Houvener had won the title in 2003.

Hanson fell behind early in the match, his bogey losing the par-5 first hole to Houvener’s par, but squared the match on the 228-yard par-3 third hole. Hanson took the lead with a birdie on the par-4 seventh, and never looked back. He closed out the match on the 16th hole.