Alisha Lau and Naomi Ko shot an even-par 72 to share medalist honors in stroke play on opening day of the 59th Pacific Northwest Junior Girls Amateur Championship at the Olympia Country and Golf Club on Monday.
The four-day tournament, a 32-player field comprised of players age 17 and younger, resumes Tuesday with match play. The 16-player championship flight matches begin at 7:30 a.m. followed by the remaining flights of eight players.
Lau and Ko, both of British Columbia, combined for nine birdies over 18 holes, including five for Lau who had four consecutive birdies on holes five through eight.
Redmond’s Aleana Groenhout, last year’s medalist at The Links Golf Club in Post Falls, Idaho, tied for 11th (7-over 79). Kenedee Peters, an incoming freshman at Ephrata High School and whose father is former Saint Martin’s golf coach Ray Peters, tied for third (3-over 75). Elma’s Lauryn Keating, a Colorado commit, tied for 25th (12-over 84), and Timberline’s Mikayla Blumer was 39th (96).