Colton Yates in front at Pacific Coast Amateur
There are trees, and then there are the monsters<Br>that line the fairways of Eugene C.C. (AGC photo)
There are trees, and then there are the monsters
that line the fairways of Eugene C.C. (AGC photo)

EUGENE, Ore. — On a day in which the site of the 2016 NCAA Men's National Championship showed its teeth, Colorado State sophomore Colton Yates finished the day on top after the first round of the Pacific Coast Amateur.

With only four players breaking par on Tuesday at the historic Eugene Country Club, it was the Scottsdale, Ariz. native Yates who made five birdies on his first nine, the back side, to post 32 before going one-over par on the front to post three-under 67.

Yates leads Jared du Toit of Canada by a stroke, but his lead could have been three if it weren't for back-to-back bogeys to finish his round on holes 8 and 9.

Du Toit, who recently captured the British Columbia Amateur by seven strokes, birdied three of his first four holes but needed birdie on 18 to post two-under 68.

Tied for third at one-under are University of Oregon sophomore Aaron Wise and Southern Methodist senior Austin Smotherman, followed by a string of notable names at even-par 70.

Of the five players tied for fifth, two are top-5 players in the Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com World Rankings, while two others are top-100. Stanford junior Maverick McNealy, whose sophomore campaign for the Cardinal was one for the record books, overcame a double-bogey on the par-4 ninth to post 70 while SMU senior Bryson DeChambeau, this year's NCAA Individual champion, used two back-nine birdies to go even on day one at the Robert Trent Jones redesign.

Also at even-par are reigning California Amateur winner Shotaro Ban, recent Minnesota State Open victor Andrew McCain, and 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur champion Will Zalatoris.

In a nine-way tie for 13th place at two-over is defending champion Corey Pereira, who has two big wins this summer already, including the Sahalee Players Championship and the newly formed Sierra Players Invitational in Northern California.


Founded in 1899, Eugene Country Club is Oregon's second oldest golf club. Renovated in the late 1960's by renowned architect Robert Trent Jones, Eugene Country Club has routinely been rated one of the best courses in the Pacific Northwest. The rolling, tree-lined design will be a challenge to 84 of the top-ranked amateurs in the world over the 72-hole, four-day stroke play competition. Only one player will have the opportunity to raise the Dr. Ed Updegraff trophy as overall champion at one of North America's most historic golfing events.

Results For Pacific Coast Amateur Golf Championship
1CAAaron WiseLake Elsinore, CA120069-71-68-66=274
T2CABeau HosslerMission Viejo, CA90071-72-69-64=276
T2CAMaverick McNealyPortola Valley, CA90070-72-75-69=276
T4TXWill ZalatorisPlano, TX70070-67-69-72=278
T4CABryson DeChambeauClovis, CA70070-68-68-72=278

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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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