By: Tyler Johnsen

Angela Zhang Qualifies for US Women’s Amateur Four-Ball with Partner

From WA Golf:

DuPont, Wash. – A pair of 13-year-olds, Angela Zhang (Bellevue) and Alice Zhao of (Irvine, Calif.) teamed up and topped the field in the USGA qualifier on September 28th to secure the lone available spot in the 2023 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship.

The qualifier for next year’s championship was conducted at The Home Course in DuPont, Wash.

View full scoring from this qualifier.

Zhang and Zhao combined to shoot a bogey-free 7-under par 65 during today’s qualifier. They were three shots clear of the second place team.

The outcome furthers a stellar year on the golf course for Zhang. She has won seven WJGA tournaments this season and in June, she won the Washington Women’s Amateur.

Zhang and Zhao have secured their spots in the 2023 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship, which will be held here in Washington, May 13-17 at The Home Course in DuPont, Wash.

The duo of Grace Lee (Bellevue) and Taylor Mularski (Spokane) earned the first alternate spot from today’s qualifier, while Sydney Yermish (Wynnewood, Pen.) and Suzie Tran (Poulsbo) earned the second alternate.

Washington Golf (WA Golf) is the local representative of the United States Golf Association (USGA) and conducted this qualifier for the 2023 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship.

The U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball is one of 15 national championships conducted annually by the USGA, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

Brock Maulding & Zachary Miller Qualify for U.S. Amateur Four-Ball

From WA Golf:

Port Orchard, Wash. – WJGA members Brock Maulding & Zachary Miller earned co-medalist honors in the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Qualifying, held September 26th at McCormick Woods Golf Club in Port Orchard, Wash.

Maulding and Miller will be amongst the youngest teams in the field at next year’s championship as they are both still in high school. Miller won the 2022 WJGA Boys’ Player of the Year award, and Maulding won the 2022 WJGA Eastern Open and represented Washington at the 2022 Hogan Cup.

The two sides will now advance to compete in the 2023 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship, which will be held May 20-24 at Kiawah Island Club in Kiawah Island, S.C.

Washington Golf (WA Golf) is the local representative of the United States Golf Association (USGA) and conducted this qualifier for the 2023 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship.

The U.S. Amateur Four-Ball is one of 15 national championships conducted annually by the USGA, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

Remembering Don Fossum – A WJGA Legend

Former long time WJGA State Rules Chairman Don Fossum passed away recently at the age of 84.

Don, and wife Carol, were loyal volunteers for WJGA from the beginning, and we could never thank them adequately for what they have done for our junior golfers. The time these two have devoted to WJGA through the years is a number too large to comprehend.  But we all know that it has been a labor of love and that WJGA and its members have benefited greatly from their efforts.

We will miss you Don, and thank you for all that you’ve done.

Reverend Donald  Fossum

Donald Fossum was born on February 23, 1938 in Los Angeles, California. He lived with his mother, Trudy, and other relatives until age 4. During his elementary, middle, and high school years he lived with his father Gus, step mother Helen, and brother Curtis in Southern California.

Don graduated from Pacific Lutheran College ( later PLU) and Luther Jr. College, in Nebraska.  In 1961, he enrolled at Luther Theological Seminary. Don was a housefather where he meet Carol, a nurse working close by. Carol introduced the guy from Californian to ice skating, which ended in Don breaking his nose. Fortunately, their walking dates were more successful. Don and Carol married in September 1962 in Carol’s home town of Grafton, North Dakota. Their son, Randy was born and a few years later Don was ordained on July 4, 1965 at his home church in California.

Don accepted his first call as Assistant Pastor at Emmanuel Lutheran church, Longview WA, where he served for 3 years and daughter, Sonja was born. His next call was to Trinity Lutheran Church in Lynnwood.  Daughter Becky was born while serving in Lynnwood for 7 years.  In 1975, Don accepted a call to Christ Lutheran Church in  Belfair, WA and served for 25 years.  His last pastoral work was at the Southwestern WA Synod as the convention/assembly planning chairperson.

Throughout Don’s life he volunteered his time for many organizations: WA State Junior Golf Association, WIAA State Golf Tournament, Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Association, Fire District Chaplain, Kiwanis, and volunteer reader/tutor at Belfair Elementary.

He shared his love of football with his children, watching Seahawk games on Sunday after church. He officiated one WA State High School Football championship at the Tacoma Dome. He spent many hours playing and watching golf while living at Lakeland Village. Both Randy and Becky are Golf Professionals and Don loved to caddie for them.

Don enjoyed spending time with his three grandchildren, Eric, Gabe and Jessica. He was an active grandfather and watched many activities while cheering loudly from the sidelines.

Don shared his faith with his family with nightly devotions after dinner. He was a loving husband, father, friend, and pastor. His calm, kind, and unassuming demeanor allowed him to serve God in a variety of places. He cared deeply for the people of God he encountered.

Don is survived by his wife Carol, son Randy ( wife Karen, grandson, Gabe), daughter Sonja  (husband Kevin and grandchildren Eric and Jessica ), daughter Becky, brother Curtis (wife Sue and nephews Matthew and Joseph), and several cousins.

The family suggests any memorial gifts be given to: Southwestern WA Synod.

Hogan Cup at Riverside G&CC

Forty-eight of the most talented junior golfers from the Western United States and Canada are gathering for the 54th playing of the Eddie Hogan Cup Team Matches, taking place August 13-14 at Riverside Golf & Country Club in Portland, Ore.

The Hogan Cup 36-hole team matches – held annually at Riverside G&CC – feature four-person teams of junior golfers from eight states and British Columbia, with a total of 12 teams competing. In the team format, the three lowest scores each day determine the team total. Medals will be awarded to the top three teams and individuals.

Team Washington will be represented by Baylor Larrabee, Brock Maulding, Benjamin Mulder and Nathan Yocam, and captained by District 6 Co-Director Jim von Doehren. The team is selected at the conclusion of the WJGA State Championship with the team members earning their spot based on their points list standing and the overall boys’ state champion.

In the competition’s history, teams from Northern and Southern California have been dominant. They have won 30 Hogan Cup titles between the two, with Southern California winning in 2021. The last time Northern California won was in 2014.

The event began in 1969 in commemoration of the vast achievements and contributions to the sport by Eddie Hogan, Riverside’s long-time head golf professional who served the club from 1939 until his tragic drowning death in 1968. Hogan, an Oregon Amateur champion and PNGA Amateur champion, transformed the role of the golf professional, developing what is now considered the standard for the green grass pro shop. Hogan was dedicated in helping the Oregon Golf Association develop its widely-recognized junior golf program.

Hogan Cup alumni include tour players such as Tiger Woods, Rickie Fowler, Fred Couples, Bryson DeChambeau, Casey Martin, Peter Jacobsen, Beau Hossler, Jeff Quinney, Patrick Cantlay, Bobby Clampett, Lennie Clements, Scott Simpson, Robert Gamez, Bill Sanders, Kirk Triplett, John Fought and Jason Gore.

Max Herendeen Wins Jr. PGA Championship

By: PGA of America

Newly crowned Junior PGA Champions, No. 6 ranked Kaitlyn Schroeder and University of Illinois Commit Max Herendeen, found commonality on their way to winning at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club on Friday – a pair of college coaches instrumental to their games and the execution of their game plans. Herendeen, of Bellevue, Washington, cruised to a 5-shot win while Schroeder, of Jacksonville, Florida, saved her best for last with a 6-under 66 to win by two strokes at the 46th Junior PGA Championships.

Herendeen finished 16-under 272 after shooting 4-under 68 in the final round. Schroeder overcame a two-shot deficit to win the Patty Berg Trophy at 14-under 274. “It was definitely a ball-striking week,” Herendeen said. “I didn’t putt as well as I probably could have. I struck the ball well. I left a lot of shots out there with the putter. I just knew if I kept giving myself opportunities, I’d have good chances. Mentally I got myself around the course really well, played to the smart side of the holes, really eliminated the big numbers. That was my goal for the week, no doubles and we got through the week with no doubles.”
Both Schroeder and Herendeen credit two college coaches for the success in their golf games that led to wins at Cog Hill.

Playing 130 miles from his future campus in Champaign-Urbana, Herendeen won the Jack Nicklaus Trophy with his future coach in attendance – Illinois head men’s golf coach Mike Small. “More than anything, since I committed, he’s been a huge mentor to me,” said Herendeen about Small. “We talk regularly, just about what I need to improve on, what I need to get better at, the mental side of the game. He’s been a huge part of my entire golf game. I wouldn’t be here without him.”
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