PGA Professional Corey Prugh of Manito G&CC won the 107th Northwest Open Invitational by five strokes at Wine Valley GC in Walla Walla, WA.  Defending champion PGA Professional Brian Thornton of Meridian Valley CC and amateur Dan Whitaker of Ellensburg G&CC finished in a tie for second place.

The history of the Northwest Open reads like a history of golf in the Pacific Northwest.  In fact, fifteen members of the Pacific Northwest Section’s Hall of Fame are Northwest Open Champions.  The early years were dominated by Seattle Golf Club’s Robert Johnstone (who won 8 of the first 10 events) and “Long Jim” Barnes.  Barnes, the professional at Tacoma C&GC from 1911 – 1915, won the first two PGA Championships (1916, 1919) in addition to the 1921 U. S. Open and the 1925 British Open!  Spokane’s Marvin “Bud” Ward captured six championships over a 22 year span, five as an amateur and his last as a professional.  Bud was also a National Amateur champion and may have won a few more but for the lack of championships during WWII.

To view final results go to https://www.pnwpga.com/pdf/resultsnwo11.pdf