July 11, 2014
• Video interview with Ziegler
LEWISTON, Idaho -- Senior Aaren Ziegler survived an early challenge in the 36-hole match play finals of the the Pacific Northwest Women’s Amateur Championship to win 2 and 1 for her second PNGA title. Ziegler was the No. 1 seed after winning the stroke play event by shooting an even par 71-73—144 on July 9 at Lewiston Golf and Country Club in Lewiston, Idaho.
The Canby, Oregon, native had two birdies in the final round of stroke play to break a tie with Tyler Barker after round one and win by two strokes. It was also Barker she defeated in the match play finals. She also won this tournament in 2011 prior to enrolling at Wisconsin.
“It’s pretty exciting,” said Ziegler, when asked how it felt to be a two-time winner of the championship. “I honestly didn’t know what was going to happen here. This will probably be my last summer playing as an amateur because I’ll be a senior this coming year. Tyler (Barker) is obviously a really good player and she hits the ball really far, so I knew she would probably have birdies on the par-5s so I would have to make up for it on the other holes.”
Ziegler had to win four matches in the 32-person bracket before the final back-and-and-forth match began Friday. After 29 holes, she had built a 3-up lead and held on for the 2 and 1 victory.
At Wisconsin, Ziegler competed in 10 events as a junior and finished the season with a career-best season stroke average of 76.80. She career 18, 36, and 54-hole bests at the Westbrook Spring Invitational to tie for 22nd with a 2-over par 69-75-74--218. She led the Badgers and tied for 33rd overall at the UCF Challenge with 78-71-70--219.
In a return to the Northwest, Ziegler was the second Badger in scoring and tied for 31st overall at the NCAA West Regionals taking place in Cle Elum, Washington, with a 13-over par 74-76-79=229. While at Wisconsin, she has been a member of two NCAA regional qualifying teams and last year played in the 2013 NCAA Women’s Division I championships where she was UW’s second scorer tying for 66th with 76-80-73-77—303.