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Peck Wins 112th Pacific Northwest Men's Amateur Championship
Cameron Peck continued his stellar 2013 campaign by winning the 112th Pacific Northwest Men's Amateur at Bandon Dunes. The native of Olympia, Wash., defeated Hans Reimers of Albany, Ore., in the 36-hole finale, 7 and 6, at the resort's Bandon Dunes and Bandon Trails courses.
Peck, the 2008 U.S. Junior champion, was relentless throughout the championship, winning Wednesday's quarterfinal 6 and 5 over Seattle's Kyle Bowser and, in the semifinal, besting Carl Jonson of Bainbridge Island 4 and 3.
Reimers, the 2013 Oregon Open, kept pace early, matching Peck's four birdies in the opening nine. But a faulty putter led to costly three-putts at the end of the morning round.
The caddie for Reimers, a fifth-year senior on the golf team at Mercer University in Georgia - where he transferred after the University of Portland dropped its golf program, was Jake Wagner, a former teammate at Portland.
"I had a great week," said Reimers, who was the No. 2 seed and came from behind to win his semifinal 1-up over Hawaiian Justin Kelley. "I've been playing well, and Cameron definitely deserved his win."
Last month Peck, who just graduated from Texas A&M, won the Washington State Amateur at Chambers Bay. That Tacoma links with fescue grasses prepared Peck for Oregon's Bandon Dunes. "I had never been to Bandon Dunes before (this week)," said Peck. "On the final day at Chambers, the wind blew really hard, and I realized I really needed to figure out how to hit knock-down shots."
Peck has qualified for this year's U.S. Amateur Public Links, and intends to attend PGA Tour's Q-School this fall.
The above report is courtesy of the Pacific Northwest Golf Association. For more information, visit www.thepnga.org.