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July 22nd, 2014 – Flagstaff, Arizona (VIGolf.ca) – Andrew McCain, currently ranked No. 1460 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR), opens his Pacific Coast Amateur Championship title quest in record-breaking fashion, carding a new competitive course record at the par-70, 7272-yard Pine Canyon Club with an eight-under 62, good enough for a three-stroke lead.
McCain, a former University of Maryland Terrapin who hails from Minneapolis, MN., posted a flawless scorecard that included six birdies and an eagle, vaulting himself to the top of the leaderboard after a 31-31-62 (-8) total at the club that sits 7000 feet above sea level.
Asked following his round about his performance on a perfect day for golf that featured little wind and comfortable temperatures, McCain was modest and truthful.
“It kind of came as a surprise cause I didn’t really feel all that great yesterday coming into it,” stated McCain.
“I knew I had to come out and just put it into the fairway and its been a little bit tricky with the yardages, you know, hitting it 20 or 30 yards further at times so that’s been the hardest thing. I had a lot of good numbers today so I felt comfortable pulling clubs and got it going on the greens, so it was pretty easy.”
Not far behind McCain after finishing their first 18-holes in five-under-par 65 fashion, are World No.25 Mark Anguiano of Whittier, CA., and No.305 Clancy Waugh of North Palm Beach, FL.
Anguiano, a winner earlier this year at the Sahalee Players Championship who plans on turning professional after the upcoming Western Amateur, carded a three-under-par 32 front nine, followed up by a two-under-par 33 back nine that featured a three-hole stretch of birdies on holes 14, 15 and 16 before making his lone bogey on the difficult par-3 202-yard 17th.
Anguiano had a simple game plan for his first round at Pine Canyon Club that he feels was executed to near perfection.
“I played really good, hit it in the fairway most of the time and played to the center of the green most of the time except when I had a wedge in when I would attack the pins. I made a couple good putts on the back and kept it together really well,” he said with confidence.
Matching Anguiano’s score of 65 was three-time Pacific Coast Amateur competitor and Wake Forest Demon Deacon sophomore Clancy Waugh. Waugh, who started on the back nine today, posted three birdies on his first nine holes for a three-under-par 32 before closing his round with a two-under 33 that featured birdies on holes 1, 3 and 9 and a lone bogey on the par-3 231 yard 3rd.
“I started off pretty well. I drove it really well and made a few putts on the front then I really started going after the pins on the back,” he stated following his round.
“I got some confidence [on the back] and hit it to five-feet three or four holes in a row but didn’t quite capitalize but drove the last hole, made an easy birdie and got out of there. It was a fun round.”
Others posting impressive first rounds at four-under-par 66 were Brendan Connolly of Castle Rock, CO., Chula Vista’s Tyler Torano and Dalan Refioglu of Foster City, CA.
There were two Arizonan’s who broke par today, those being Phoenix residents Cody McManus (67, -3) and Trey Martin (69, -1).
Currently there are 21 players under-par and of those, eight are within five strokes of McCain’s pace.
Taking place concurrently with the first and second rounds is 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. Scores for the low two members of the team count.
Sitting in the lead with a five-under cumulative score is the contingent of Anguiano, San Diego’s Byron Meth and Chatsworth’s Jonathan Sanders representing the Southern California Golf Association. Two strokes back are the teams from the Utah Golf Association and the Sun Country Golf Association.
Play for tomorrow’s second round will begin at 7:00am with players starting on the first and tenth holes. Live scoring is being collected throughout the Championship.
Held o 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, Canada and beyond.
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).
For more information on the Championship and for scoring, visit www.pacificcoastamateur.com