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July 18th 2014- Flagstaff, AZ. (VIGolf.ca) – The 48th playing of the Pacific Coast Amateur Championship will take place at the Pine Canyon Club in Flagstaff, Arizona from July 22nd-25th, 2014.
Sitting adjacent to the picturesque Coconino National Forest on 600+ acres of private property, the par-72, 7272 yard Jay Morrish designed Pine Canyon Club will see 87 top-ranked world amateurs compete in a 72-hole, four-day stroke play competition, for the chance to raise the Dr. Ed Updegraff trophy as champion of one of the Pacific Coast’s most historic golfing events.
Heading back to the City of Flagstaff for the first time since 2001 when Corey Prugh won at Forest Highlands GC, the Pine Canyon Club will be making Pacific Coast Amateur history with it’s inaugural hosting of the event. The venue will be challenged by a field packed with a number of future, current and former NCAA standout athletes, some of who currently rank in the top 100 on the World Amateur Rankings (WAGR) and Scratch Players (S.P.).
“Our Championship takes pride in the strength of the field we invite to compete, ” stated Drew Woods, President of the Pacific Coast Golf Association, the organizing body for the Championship.
“There is no doubt the Pine Canyon Club will be a challenging yet fair test of golf for the contestants in this years’ Championship and we couldn’t be more excited for the 48th installment of the Pacific Coast Amateur to be hosted by the Arizona Golf Association in Flagstaff next week.”
“The Arizona Golf Association is proud to showcase the Pine Canyon Club to the players, caddies, parents, spectators and media visiting next week,” stated Ed Gowan, Executive Director of the Arizona Golf Association.
“Arizona has always been known as a golfers paradise so to have such a prestigious Championship visit Flagstaff, the strength of our State’s golfing reputation will only continue to flourish.”
Highlighting the field at this years’ Championship will be a former Cal State Fullerton Titan in Mark Anguiano of Whittier, CA. Ranked No.24/59 in the world according to WAGR/S.P., Anguiano looks to add to his impressive 2014 campaign that has already included being named the Big West Male Golfer of the Year and recently where he was crowned the 2014 Sahalee Players Championship winner.
Other impressively ranked notables looking to make a splash in the highly touted field will be former UC Davis Aggie Matt Hansen of Los Osos, CA (No. 88/96), University of Washington Husky Jonathan Sanders of Chatsworth, CA (No. 90/184) and Lorens Chan of Honolulu, HI (No. 98/72), a junior member of the UCLA Bruins Men’s Golf Team.
Also working off of strong 2014′s and hoping to break the winner’s circle at Pine Canyon Club will be recent Oregon State Amateur champion Thomas Lim of Moorpark, CA (No. 109/117), Mercer University Bear Hans Reimers of Lake Oswego, OR (No. 145/111) and New Mexico/West Texas Amateur champion and University of New Mexico Lobos senior Sam Saunders of Albuquerque, NM (No. 243/315). Also in the field is the only former Pacific Coast Amateur champion in David Fink of Kailua, HI (No. 202/179). Fink won the 2012 edition at the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, OR and hopes to add a second Updegraff trophy to his mantle. Last year’s champion Tyler Raber will not be defending, as he has since turned professional.
Resident Arizonans looking to emerge victorious throughout the week are Michael Anderson, Nicolo Galletti, Trey Martin and Cody McManus, all of Phoenix, Scottsdale’s Austin Quick, Adam Walicki and RJ Wood, George Cunningham and Alex McMahon of Tucson, Tyler Kertson of Paradise Valley, Kolton Lapa and Marley Sweeney of Mesa and Alberto Sanchez of Nogales.
All players will be vying for the individual Ed Updegraff Trophy, named after the longtime volunteer and standout amateur golfer who played on three Walker Cup teams (1963, 1965 & 1969), won the 1967 Pacific Coast Amateur title 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 Northern California Golf Association.
Play for the 72-hole stroke play Championship will begin on Tuesday, July 22nd at 7am with practice rounds being held the two days prior. Play will conclude with the eventual champion being crowned on Friday, July 25th 2014.
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. In recent years, players from across the world have sought to compete in the event, including this year when players will be representing New Zealand, Chile, France and Australia.
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 and brothers Michael Putnam (2004) and Andrew Putnam (2010).