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Pacific Coast Am kicks off July 23
(Courtesy / British Columbia Golf)
(Courtesy / British Columbia Golf)
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. (July 19, 2013) — Headed by 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 47th Pacific Coast Amateur Championship, July 23-26 at the Capilano Golf and Country Club in West Vancouver, British Columbia.

The 72-hole stroke-play event will be contested on Capilano Golf and Country Club, located on Vancouver's scenic North Shore. The four-day event is played without a cut. Spectators are welcome to attend with no admission charge. Live scoring will be at www.pacificcoastamateur.com.

This marks the second time that Capilano G&CC has hosted the prestigious event. In 2003, James Lepp of Abbotsford, B.C. completed a record-breaking week by winning the 37th Pacific Coast Amateur Championship by 10 shots, becoming the first person from outside the United States to win the championship. Lepp's four-round total of 68-62-66-67 - 263 shattered the championship record of 270 set by Billy Mayfair in 1988 when it was held at Bear Creek GC in Denver, CO. Lepp's second-round 62 broke the Capilano G&CC course record by two shots.

Headlining next weeks' favorites will be defending champion David Fink of Honolulu, Hawaii and member of the Oregon State University golf team. Fink sank a 10-foot birdie putt on the 4th hole of a five-person, sudden-death playoff in last years' competition to win his first Pacific Coast Amateur Championship at Bandon Dunes Golf Course. It was the largest playoff in the championships history.

Other notable contestants to keep an eye on in field are Zac Blair of Ogden, UT, who just recentlyfinished tied for 2nd in a strong field at the Sahalee Players Championship. Ogden, a member of the Brigham Young University Cougars golf team is currently ranked 46th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. Another notable player is Eric Sugimoto of San Diego, Calif. Sugimoto, a junior on University of Pacific golf team, is the 2013 Big West Conference Champion and just this week shot a 63 in the stroke play qualifying round at the U.S. Men's Amateur Public Links Championship, tying the record for the lowest round in APL stroke play qualifying history.

Other notable players in the field include Nick Chianello of Gresham, Ore., 2012 and 2013 Oregon Amateur champion; Charlie Hughes, 2013 BC Amateur Champion; Xander Schauffele of San Diego, Calif., 2013 Southern California Amateur runner-up; and Tyler Raber of El Macero, Calif., the 2012 Trans-Miss Amateur champion.

A complete list of players can be found at www.pacificcoastamateur.com.

Of the 84 players, 45 will come from the 15 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 of the event. The best two of three scores each day count for the team score. The Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA) is the defending champion. The first round will begin on Monday, July 23 with a 7:30 a.m. start from the #1 tee. In the final round on Friday, July 26, players will be repaired by score with the leaders teeing off last starting around 12:00 p.m. An awards lunch will be held following the completion of play.

Results will be emailed out daily. Live scoring and pairings will be available by visiting the Pacific Coast Amateur Championship web site at www.pacificcoastamateur.com

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 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, 16 member Pacific Rim golf associations comprise the Pacific Coast Golf Association. For more information visit www.pacificcoastamateur.com

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 G.A. member golf association, or as an individual.

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