July 17, 2017
51st Pacific Coast Amateur Starts Tuesday at Chambers Bay
The 51st Pacific Coast Amateur Championship, hosted by the Washington State and Pacific Northwest golf associations, will take place at Chambers Bay from July 18-21
Opened in 2007, Chambers Bay has played host to a number of high-profile amateur and professional events in its short history, including the 2010 US Amateur Championship and most recently, the 2015 US Open. It’s the first time Chambers Bay has hosted the Pacific Coast Amateur and the second year-in-a-row the prestigious event will be held in the state of Washington, having been contested last year at the Seattle Golf Club.
“Chambers Bay is a world-class championship site,” stated Troy Andrew, Executive Director of the Pacific Coast Golf Association, the organizing body for the event. “We couldn’t be more excited to be in University Place this year. Chambers Bay’s notoriety amongst the golfing community in general and the elite amateur circuit is unmatched. Judging by the strength of our field this year, it would be safe to say the players are just as excited to play out here as the course is to host them.”
Leading the charge of top-ranked world amateurs is defending champion Will Zalatoris of Plano, Texas. Zalatoris, coming off a strong showing last week at the Trans-Miss, looks to repeat as champion and add to a banner year that has included being named the ACC Player of the Year while at Wake Forest.
A number of competitors in the field have also played on the professional stage as amateurs, including at the Masters and the US Open. Stewart Hagestad of Newport Beach took low amateur at Augusta earlier this April while recent US Open media favorite Cameron Champ of Sacramento will be making his second appearance at the Pacific Coast Amateur.
Other NorCal players in the field include former Junior Tour of Northern California Players of the Year Josh McCarthy and Justin Suh and 2016 NCGA Player of the Year Shintaro Ban,
All players will be vying for the individual Ed Updegraff Trophy, named after the long-time volunteer and standout amateur golfer who played on three Walker Cup teams (1963, 1965, 1969), won the inaugural Pacific Coast Amateur title at Seattle Golf Club in 1967 and was the 1999 Bob Jones Award recipient from the USGA.
Taking place concurrently with the first and second rounds will be the battle for the Morse Cup, a 36-hole stroke play team competition using predetermined rosters representing the 15 member associations of the Pacific Coast Golf Association. The defending champions of the Morse Cup are the contingent from the SCGA.
Play for the 72-hole stroke play championship will begin Tuesday and conclude Friday. Held on an annual basis since 1967, with roots dating back to 1901, the Pacific Coast Amateur Championship boasts a rich history of showcasing some of the most talented golfers in the United States and Canada.
Past champions of the Pacific Coast Amateur who have gone on to successful professional careers include PGA Tour winners Billy Mayfair (1987, 1988), Jason Gore (1997) and Ben Crane (1998) as well as Web.com Tour winners Michael Putnam (2004), Andrew Putnam (2010) and Aaron Wise (2015).
For a list of the players in the Championship and to follow scoring, please visit pacificcoastamateur.com.