Williams Wins Pacific Coast Amateur

Chris Williams posted his second straight 66 on Friday to win the 45th Pacific Coast Amateur. The 72-hole event was held at Martis Camp Club in Truckee, Calif.

Williams, who will be a junior this fall at the University of Washington, finished at 11-under 277 to claim medalist honors by two strokes. Though his 66 on Thursday broke the course record, he entered the final round trailing by three strokes. But the second 66 by the Moscow, Idaho, native led to victory.

Finishing tied for second were Anton Arboleda of La Canada, Calif., and Taylor Travis of Fremont, Calif. Arboleda, a sophomore this fall at UCLA, closed with a 67, while Travis, a junior-to-be at the University of San Francisco, had a 71.

The win by Williams was his second in the three events that make up the so-called West Coast Swing. He also won the Sahalee Players Championship earlier this month. The third event is the Pacific Northwest Men's Amateur, which was won by Zac Blair of Ogden, Utah.

Prior to the Pacific Coast Amateur, Jim Holtgrieve, the 2011 United States Walker Cup Captain, urged the competitors to "play hard and earn a spot on the team."

After the round, Williams spoke of playing on the U.S. Walker Cup team, which will play Great Britain and Ireland September 9-10 at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club in Scotland.

"I would absolutely love to be on the team," said Williams, who played in the 2011 U.S. Open, was a member of the U.S. Palmer Cup and won the NCAA's Phil Mickelson Award winner as the nation's top freshman golfer in 2010.

"Playing for your country is such a great honor; it's a totally different experience from playing college golf or even in something like the Palmer Cup," he added. "But there are so many good players out there. I'm heading to Chicago to play in the Western Amateur next week and we'll see where things go from there."

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