PREVIEW: The 55th Pacific Coast Amateur
The penultimate event in the Elite Amateur Series gets underway on Tuesday with the 55th playing of the Pacific Coast Amateur Championship at Columbia Edgewater Country Club.
The championship, hosted by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association, will be played July 19-22, 2022 and it marks the first time that Columbia Edgewater Country Club has hosted the championship.
The Pacific Coast Amateur is the sixth of seven premier amateur championships that make up the Elite Amateur Golf Series (EAGS), in which players earn World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) points and compete for the Elite Amateur Cup, with top finishers earning exemptions into USGA Championships, as well as PGA TOUR and Korn Ferry Tour events.
Recent Pacific Coast Amateur champions include Will Zalatoris (2016), Doug Ghim (2017), Isaiah Salinda (2018), Quade Cummins (2019) and Devon Bling (2021). Other past champions who went on to have success on the PGA TOUR include Aaron Wise, Andrew Putnam, Jason Gore, Billy Mayfair and Ben Crane, among others. Zalatoris and Wise are currently in the top-40 on the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup Standings.
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The championship routinely attracts the top amateur golfers from around the world. It remains the West Coast’s elite-level event that is circled on all amateur golf calendars in North America and around the globe. This year’s championship includes players from 10 different countries and Puerto Rico.
Notable players in this year’s elite field include:
Christiaan Maas of Pretoria, South Africa, the No. 21-ranked amateur in the world (WAGR). Maas is committed to play for the University of Texas beginning next fall. He’s a member of the Golf RSA National squad and earlier this year he won the English Men’s Open Amateur Stroke Play championship.
William Mouw of Chino, Calif., the No. 27-ranked amateur in the world (WAGR), who won the 2022 Trans-Mississippi Amateur Championship and competed in the 2022 US Open. Mouw is a rising senior on the Pepperdine University men’s golf team.
Palmer Jackson of Murrysville, Pa., the No. 32-ranked amateur in the world (WAGR). Jackson was selected to and competed for Team USA in the Palmer Cup this past July. Playing for the University of Notre Dame, he had nine top-10 finishes during collegiate play in 2021-22.
Sam Choi of Albuquerque, NM, the No. 35-ranked amateur in the world (WAGR), who finished T2 in last year’s championship after falling in a five-man playoff. Choi had seven top-five finishes in 13 starts during the 2021-22 college golf season, playing for the University of New Mexico.
Caleb Surratt of Knoxville, Tenn., the No. 37-ranked amateur in the world (WAGR), who is leading the Elite Amateur Cup points race after the first four weeks. Surratt finished T4 at the Sunnehanna Amateur, 3rd at the Northeast Amateur and made the second round of match-play at the North & South Amateur.
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A Look Back at Last Year
Following a roller-coaster final round, Devon Bling survived a five-hole playoff to win the 2021 Pacific Amateur Championship at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash. The UCLA graduate entered the day with a three-shot lead on the field after carding a 9-under 62 in round three, but a final round of 73 left him at 12-under 272 and in 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.
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About Columbia Edgewater Country Club
Opened in July 1925 along the banks of the Columbia River that separates the states of Oregon and Washington, Columbia Edgewater Country Club was designed by Pacific Northwest Golf Hall of Fame architect Arthur Vernon Macan, who designed many of the Northwest’s premier courses. During its 97-year history, Columbia Edgewater has been the site of numerous championships and events, including the PGA TOUR’s Portland Open, the LPGA Tour’s Safeway Classic and Portland Classic, US Open Sectional Qualifying and the Oregon Amateur.
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About the Elite Amateur Golf Series
Launched in 2022 to challenge “The Best of the Best” in amateur golf, the Elite Amateur Golf Series (EAGS) aligns the top amateur championships in a collective competition, the Elite Amateur Cup. In addition to hosting the best players, Elite Amateur Cup events are contested at renowned venues and have the longest history of identifying the next great champions of the game. EAGS events hold a proven track record of conducting the most challenging competitive tests, making the championships among the majors of amateur golf. The seven founding championships that comprise the series have a distinguished history hosting the top talent and competitive play in amateur golf. These championships are the Sunnehanna Amateur, Northeast Amateur, North & South Amateur, Trans-Mississippi Amateur, Southern Amateur, Pacific Coast Amateur and the Western Amateur.
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Elite Amateur Series Recaps
Bryce Lewis holds onto win Sunnehanna Amateur
Record setting title defense for Menante at Northeast Amateur
North & South Amateur: Luke Clanton wins tight final match
Trans-Miss Amateur: William Mouw wins in a three-way sudden death playoff
Ford fantastic at Southern Amateur
Jim Young of AmateurGolf.com contributed to this report.
ABOUT THE Pacific Coast Amateur
Although its present history only dates from 1967, the Pacific Coast Amateur Championship’s roots make it one of the oldest amateur golf championships in American history. The first tournament was held on the links of San Francisco Golf Club at The Presidio, April 24-27, 1901. Championships were held annually through 1911, all being conducted in California except for the 1909 championship, which was held at Seattle Golf Club in Washington. 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, 15 member Pacific Rim golf associations comprise the Pacific Coast Golf Association. Players can be invited to this 72-hole stroke play event by their Pacific Coast GA member golf association, or as an individual.
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