The Memorial Amateur Championship has long been considered an underrated tournament.
Perhaps it’s because of its timing, which sees it run during Memorial Day weekend and conflict with the start of the NCAA Tournament. Whatever the case, that underrated tag may not follow the event for long given yet another high-quality field heading to Sacramento again this year.
The event, founded in 1998 and held at Ancil Hoffman Golf Club, goes to honor the national holiday and the sacrifices of the men and women of the U.S. armed forces. This year’s field is among its best and will surely represent the best that junior, collegiate and mid-amateur golf has to offer. Hailing from California and far beyond, the field continues to grow and includes some of the most talented players in tournament history.
Local favorite Cameron Champ is undoubtedly a contender. The Texas A&M signee took runner-up to Scottie Scheffler last month at the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley. He hails from Sacramento.
Chris Petefish is another elite national player with local ties. Hailing from Danville, Calif. but fresh off a solid high school and junior career in Arizona, Petefish enrolled at Georgia Tech earlier this year where he’ll join the golf team as a freshman next season. Petefish excelled on the AJGA circuits and won the Arizona Stroke Play title last year.
Among college contenders is Jonathan De Los Reyes, another local favorite. The St. Mary’s golfer recently won the prestigious Alameda Commuters title in dominating style. Mac Marr, a teammate of De Los Reyes at St. Mary’s, should also contend based on his solid play this spring for the Gaels and on the AmateurGolf.com Tour.
Matt Cohn is among the field’s top mid-amateurs. Hailing from San Francisco, Cohn is the model of consistency. He was second at the Memorial last year and tied for 10th in 2012. He’s also reached the final 16 at the U.S. Mid-Am. Among mid-amateurs, Cohn will certainly contend with Nick Moore. The Seaside, Calif. resident won last year’s NCGA Valley Amateur, NCGA Pub-Links, AmateurGolf.com California Medal Play and Salinas City.
“The course is in incredible shape,” said Tournament Director John D. Rochelle. “They’ve done a remarkable job preparing it. The weather is going to be great and we’re extremely excited to get started.”
The first round at the modified par-70, 6,889-yard Ancil Hoffman will be played Saturday with a 36-hole cut prior to Monday’s final round.
AmateurGolf.com will have complete coverage of the Memorial Amateur, including round-by-round recaps and results.