46th Pacific Coast Amateur Starts Tuesday at Bandon Dunes

Featuring a number of state, provincial and regional golf association champions from throughout the western United States and Canada, a field of 84 of the world's top amateurs will tee it up in the 46th Pacific Coast Amateur Championship, July 24-27 at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore.

The 72-hole stroke-play event will be contested over the Bandon Dunes and Bandon Trails courses at the resort on Oregon's Pacific coast. The four-day event is played without a cut. Spectators are welcome to attend with no admission charge.

Representing the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA) in the team competition are David Fink of Corvallis, Ore., Carl Jonson of Bainbridge Island, Wash. and Matt Rawitzer of Bellingham, Wash. Fink made the Round of 32 at the PNGA Men's Amateur earlier this month, and last year was that championship's medalist. Jonson, who will be a sophomore at UNLV, was the runner-up at the 2012 PNGA Men's Amateur, and had a seventh-place finish in the 2012 National Invitational Tournament. Rawitzer finished tied for ninth in the 2012 Pac-12 Championship, and made the Round of 16 in last year's PNGA Men's Amateur.

This marks the second time Bandon Dunes has hosted the event. In 2005, Alex Prugh of Spokane came from behind in the last round to post a two-shot victory over Clay Odgen of Utah, to join his brother, Corey, the 2001 champion, as the first brothers to win the title (Michael and Andrew Putnam later duplicated that feat).

Among the contestants in this year's field is Jordan Irwin of Calgary, Alberta, who won the 2008 title at Royal Colwood GC in Victoria, B.C. Irwin is bidding to become just the third person to win more than one PCA title and the first since Billy Mayfair in 1987-88 (Mike Davis also won back-to-back titles in 1969-70).

Other players in the field are Greg Condon of Monte Vista, Colo., the 2011 Sun Country GA Match Play Champion; Nick Chianello of Gresham, Ore., 2011 Oregon Stroke Play and 2012 Oregon Amateur champion; Martin Trainer of Palo Alto, Calif., 2010 Pac-10 champion; David Rose of West Vancouver, B.C., 2011 B.C. Amateur champion; and Loren Chan of Honolulu, the Hawaii State Amateur champion.

Also in the field are Nick Sherwood of Albany, Ore., and Alberto Sanchez of Nogalez, Ariz., each of whom played in this year's U.S. Open, and Tyler Raber of El Macero, Calif., who recently made it to the Round of 16 at the British Amateur at Royal Troon, Scotland. Ten players who made the 64-man match play field at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship are in the Pacific Coast Field.

Of the 84 players, 48 will come from the 16 golf associations that make up the Pacific Coast Golf Association, which administers the championship. The association teams compete in the annual Morse Cup Competition held concurrently with the first two stroke-play rounds. The best two of three scores each day count for the team score. Northern California GA is the defending champion.

The first and third rounds of the championship will be contested at Bandon Trails, the third layout at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. Designed by Bill Coore and former Masters' champion Ben Crenshaw, Bandon Trails is the only course in the complex not situated on the ocean. It begins atop a massive sand dune and then works back into a coastal forest before returning to the sand dune where it began. Play for both rounds will begin at 8 a.m. off the first tee.

The second and fourth rounds will be played at Bandon Dunes, the original course in the complex that was designed by Scotsman David McLay Kidd and opened in 1999. Perched on a bluff above the Pacific, the course has panoramic ocean views from nearly every hole and prevailing winds are almost always in play.

The second round will begin on July 25 at 8 a.m. off of the first tee. In the final round on July 27, golfers will tee off from the 1st and 10th tees beginning at 7 a.m. An awards lunch will be held following the completion of play.

About the Pacific Coast Amateur

Although its present history dates only 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 1909, when it was held 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.

The above report is courtesy of the Pacific Northwest Golf Association. For a complete list of players and live scoring, visit www.pacificcoastamateur.com.