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Pacific Coast Amateur Set to Start


The 47th Pacific Coast Amateur Championship will tee off July 23 at Capilano Golf and Country Club in West Vancouver, B.C.

Of the 84 players competing in individual competition of the championship, 45 will come from the 15 golf associations that make up the Pacific Coast Golf Association, which administers the championship. Each association will field a three-man team that competes in the annual Morse Cup competition, held concurrently with the first two stroke-play rounds of the event. The best two of three scores each day count for the team score. The Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA) is the defending champion.

Headlining the individual favorites are defending champion David Fink of Honolulu, a member of Oregon State University's golf team. Fink sank a 10-foot birdie putt on the fourth hole of a five-man, sudden-death playoff in last year's competition to win his first Pacific Coast Amateur, which was held at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. It was the largest playoff in the event's history.

Notables in the field include Zac Blair of Ogden, Utah, who recently finished tied for second at the Sahalee Players Championship. Ogden, a member of the BYU golf team, is currently ranked 46th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. Another player to watch is Eric Sugimoto of San Diego. The junior on University of Pacific's golf team is the 2013 Big West Conference champion and this week shot a 63 during stroke-play qualifying at the U.S. Men's Amateur Public Links Championship, tying the record for the lowest round in APL stroke-play qualifying history.

Other contenders include Nick Chianello of Gresham, Ore., 2012 and '13 Oregon Amateur champion; Charlie Hughes, 2013 B.C. Amateur champion; Xander Schauffele of San Diego, Calif., 2013 Southern California Amateur runner-up; and Tyler Raber of El Macero, Calif., the 2012 Trans-Mississippi Amateur winner.

About the Pacific Coast Amateur

The Pacific Coast Amateur Championship is a four-day, 72-hole competition. This marks the second time that Capilano G&CC has hosted the event. When it was held at Capilano in 2003, James Lepp of Abbotsford, B.C., completed a record-breaking week by winning the 37th Pacific Coast Amateur by 10 shots, becoming the first person from outside the United States to win the tournament. Lepp's four-round total of 68-62-66-67=263 shattered the championship record of 270 set by Billy Mayfair in 1988 when it was held at Bear Creek GC in Denver. Lepp's second-round 62 broke the Capilano's course record by two shots.

Although its present history dates only to 1967, the Pacific Coast Amateur's roots make it one of the oldest amateur golf championships in American history.

The first tournament was held at San Francisco Golf Club at The Presidio, April 24-27, 1901. Championships were held annually through 1911, all in California except for the 1909 championship, which was at Seattle Golf Club.

The Pacific Coast Amateur then ceased to exist, only to be reconstituted at Seattle Golf Club on August 10-12, 1967, with the Pacific Northwest, Northern California, Southern California, Oregon and Arizona golf associations participating. Today, 16 member Pacific Rim golf associations comprise the Pacific Coast Golf Association.

For a complete list of players and live scoring, visit www.pacificcoastamateur.com.

About Capilano

Situated on Vancouver's scenic North Shore and offering spectacular views of the rugged mountains to the north, the Pacific Ocean to the south and located minutes from the heart of the city, Capilano Golf and Country Club was developed by British Pacific Properties, designed by legendary golf course architect Stanley Thompson and opened in 1938.