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
The first tournament was held on the links of
the 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
The Pacific Coast Amateur then ceased to
exist, only to be reconstituted at the Seattle
Golf Club on August 10-12, 1967 . The modern
era of the PCGA occurred following a meeting
of representatives of several golf associations
throughout the western United States at
Pebble Beach in November, 1965.
The objective of this meeting was to start a
golf championship with the stature that would
attract the attention of the USGA and display
the ability of amateur golfers in the western
United States for possible Walker Cup Team
selection. Dr. Ed Updegraff from Tucson ,
Arizona , was the only western player who
had recently participated (1963 and 1965) in
the Walker Cup matches.
The Pacific Northwest , Northern California ,
Southern California , Oregon and Arizona Golf
Associations participated in the inaugural
Championship at Seattle Golf Club in 1967.
Today, 18 member Pacific Rim golf
associations comprise the Pacific Coast Golf
The Morse Cup Team competition has been a
major portion of the PCGA Championship since
1967. Each team consists of three players.
From 1967 to 1996, the best two scores each
day for the first two rounds were totaled for
each team to determine the Morse Cup
Champion. In the event of a tie, co-champions
were recognized. However, the team play
ended after 36 holes.
A significant change in the Championship
format occurred in 1997. This change made it
possible for golf associations throughout the
international golf scene to become a part of
this storied event. When the 31st annual
competition began on July 29, 1997 , at
Makena Resort’s South Course in Maui ,
Hawaii , the emphasis was on team play and
scores were counted from all four rounds. This
format change opened the door to include
teams of three players representing other
national and regional associations, as well as
member associations of the PCGA.
In 2002, Trustees of the PCGA voted to return
to the tournament’s original format, a moved
spurred in large part by the fact that the
USGA does not recognize results from team
competitions in making selections for Walker
Cup squads. The Pacific Coast Amateur is now
an individual competition with all competitors
playing 72 holes without a cut being made.
The Morse Cup competition continues to be
held in conjunction with the Championship, but
only PCGA member associations are allowed
to have teams.
Among the prominent individual champions
are many who have played on Walker Cup
teams: Dr. Ed Updegraff, Mike Brannan, Ron
Commans, Mark Pfeil, Lindy Miller, John
Fought, Mike Gove, Billy Mayfair, David
Berganio, Jr., Todd Demsey, Randy Sonnier
and Jason Gore.