July 23, 2021
Devon Bling of Ridgecrest, Calif. shot rounds of 71-66-62-73 and survived a five-hole playoff to win the 54th Pacific Coast Amateur Championship, hosted this week at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash.
“It feels incredible to come out on top,” said Bling, “I fought all the way to the end and I’m super happy to be able to come out on top.”
Bling entered the day with a three-shot lead and fired a 2-over 73 in today’s final round, putting him a five-man playoff with Dylan Menante of La Costa, Calif., Joe Highsmith of Lakewood, Wash., Sam Choi of Anaheim, Calif. and Walker Lee of Houston, Texas.
“The course was playing harder, but nothing fell in,” said Bling, “today was just one of those days where nothing would go in, but that’s just golf.”
In the playoff, Bling played steady golf and slowly watched as his competitors fell by the wayside. Walker Lee was eliminated after the first playoff hole, Dylan Menante and Sam Choi were eliminated after three playoff holes and Joe Highsmith was ousted after the fifth playoff hole.
The best NorCal finish came from Brad Reeves, who came in at 5-under 279 (T-13) after a final round 74. Finigan Tilly, a product of the Junior Tour of Northern California, finished T-16 at 280.
July 22, 2021
Devon Bling of Ridgecrest is the guy everyone will be chasing when Friday’s final round of this week’s Pacific Coast Amateur gets underway. On Thursday, Bling, who played at UCLA, took the lead at 14-under 199 after posting a third round score of 9-under 62 at Chambers Bay.
Walker Lee of Texas is in second place at 202 after a third round score of 63. Brad Reeves of Woodbridge (pictured, above), who played at the University of Arizona, fell back into a tie for sixth at 205 after a 70. The next lowest NorCal player is Finigan Tilly, who is T-16 at 210.
July 21, 2021
Northern California’s Brad Reeves remains in the chase at this week’s Pacific Coast Amateur at Chambers Bay. On Tuesday, Reeves, who hails from Woodbridge, posted a second round 3-under 68 to get to a two-day total of 7-under 135. He currently sits in a tie for second with Gavin Cohen of Arizona. Both players are two shots behind leader Dylan Menante of La Costa, who shot a 64 to get to 133.
Finigan Tilly, a product of the Junior Tour of Northern California who went on to play at Cal, had a second round 66 to move into a tie for fifth at 137.
In the Morse Cup competition, Team NCGA shot a second-round team score of 7-under 135 but still lost to the SCGA by a stroke, 276-275. The Morse Cup takes the two best scores of a three-person team. Team NCGA was represented by captain Gary Fox, Reeves, Alex Chin (74) and Noah Woolsey (67).
Northern California’s Brad Reeves is right in the thick of things after opening day of this week’s Pacific Coast Amateur at Chambers Bay. Reeves, who played at the University of Arizona, opened play Tuesday with a solid 4-under par 67. He is currently T-2, just a shot behind leader Gavin Cohen of Arizona.
In the Morse Cup competition, Team NCGA is in third place at 1-under 141. Pacific Northwest GA and host Washington Golf are tied for the lead at 140. The Morse Cup takes the two best scores of a three-person team. Team NCGA is being represented by captain Gary Fox, Reeves, Alex Chin (74) and Noah Woolsey (75).
The last NorCal player to win the Individual title was Isaiah Salinda in 2018 at The Olympic Club.
Chambers Bay, the 7,375 yard, par-71 golf course in University Place, Wash., will host many of the best amateur golfers in the world this week for the 54th Pacific Coast Amateur Championship.
The championship, hosted by Washington Golf (WA Golf), will be played July 20-23, 2021.This will be the second time Chambers Bay has hosted the championship, with it previously being held there in 2017.
This year’s championship had been scheduled to be held at historic Royal Colwood Golf Club in Victoria, B.C., but the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic made it necessary to find a venue in the U.S.
Last year’s championship, which had also been scheduled to be held at Royal Colwood, was canceled completely due to the pandemic.
The Pacific Coast Amateur routinely attracts players from around the world with resumés boasting illustrious victories in other jewel amateur golf events. It remains the West Coast’s elite-level event that is circled on all amateur golf calendars in North America and around the globe. The Pacific Coast Amateur has regularly received an “A” strength ranking by the World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR), provided by The R&A and USGA.
Recent champions include Aaron Wise (2015), Will Zalatoris (2016), Doug Ghim (2017), Isaiah Salinda (2018) and Quade Cummins (2019). Other past champions that went on to have success on the PGA Tour include Andrew Putnam, Michael Putnam, Jason Gore, Billy Mayfair and Ben Crane, among others. Ghim and Wise are currently in the top 70 on the PGA Tour’s FedExCup Standings.