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Carl Jonson Wins The NW Open!

Original article and image at www.unionbulletin.com

WALLA WALLA — Carl Jonson, an amateur playing out of the Wing Point Golf and Country Club in Bainbridge Island, Wash., came from two strokes off the pace to win the windy Northwest Open Invitational Wednesday at the Wine Valley Golf Club.

Jonson fired a final-round 3-under-par 69 for a 207 total for three trips around the 7,600-yard links-style layout and was victorious by a single shot over Tim Feenstra of Bellevue. The Broadmoor Golf Club pro shot a final-round 71 for a 208 total, eight strokes better than par for 54 holes, and finished alone in second place in a final field of 145 players from throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Colin Inglis of Creswell, Ore., who clung to a one-shot lead through the first two rounds of the tournament, carded a 1-over-par 73 Wednesday and settled for third place at 209. Inglis, an assistant pro at the Emerald Valley Golf Club, shot a first-round 67 on Monday and followed up with a 69 on Tuesday.

But course conditions took their toll on the majority of the field Wednesday as gusting morning winds effected shots and dried out the fairways and greens.

"That was as firm and as fast and as difficult as I have ever seen the course in its six years," Wine Valley head professional John Thorsnes said. "The wind was a factor, especially in the morning. The wind laid down a little bit in the afternoon, but by then the greens had dried out. The wind just sucked the moisture out of them."

There were only seven sub-par rounds posted Wednesday compared to 32 on Monday and 24 on Tuesday. Six others matched par-72 during the final round.

Jonson, a senior at the University of Nevada Las Vegas who intends to turn professional next summer, grabbed the lead with a birdie at No. 16 while Feenstra was making bogey. When Jonson birdied the 18th hole for a birdie, Feenstra need to chip in for an eagle to tie but settled for a birdie instead and finished a stroke behind.

"There is no weakness in Carl's game," Thorsnes said of Jonson. "He hits the ball a long way and he has a great short game.

"Carl won the PNGA here a couple of years ago, so he obviously likes the course."

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