WALLA WALLA, WA (July 18, 2016) -- Wine Valley Golf
Club in Walla Walla, Wash. is set to host the most
talented male amateur golfers in the Pacific Northwest
and beyond on July 18-23 at the 115th Pacific
Northwest Men's Amateur Championship, conducted by
the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA).
The championship, which has a full field of 168
players, begins with 36 holes of stroke-play qualifying
held on July 18-19, followed by a cut to the low 64
players who will advance to single elimination match
Each match will then be contested over 18 holes,
with the exception of the final match, which will be
played over 36 holes on July 23.
Last year's championship concluded at Sunriver
(Ore.) Resort when Anthony Quayle of Queensland,
Australia birdied the 36th hole in the final match for a
1-up win over Shintaro Ban of San Jose, Calif.
Quayle joined an elite group of past champions that
includes names such as Tiger Woods, Jeff Quinney, Ben
Crane, Jeff Coston, Nick Flanagan, Jim McLean and
Pacific Northwest Golf Hall of Famers Chandler Egan,
Harry Givan, Jack Westland, Bud Ward and George
Holland, among many others.
One of the oldest amateur golf championships in
the world, players will compete for the Macan Cup,
which is named after legendary golf course designer
A.V. Macan, a member of the Pacific Northwest Golf Hall
of Fame and winner of this championship in 1913.
This year's field is again comprised of some of the
best talent in the Pacific Northwest and beyond,
including Derek Bayley of Rathdrum, Idaho, who last
month won the Idaho State Amateur, and had won the
2012 PNGA Amateur Public Links. A junior at
Washington State University, Bayley competed earlier
this year in the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, paired with
WSU teammate Aaron Whalen of Ephrata, Wash., who is
also in the field of this championship.
Also in the field are Graysen Huff of Eagle, Idaho,
who this year has already won the Idaho Match Play
Championship and finished second at the 2016 Idaho
State Amateur. Huff was named the 2014 PNGA Junior
Boys' Player of the Year.
Connor Barr of Beaverton, Ore. looks to continue
his hot summer, having already won the 2016 Oregon
Amateur; while Brian Humphreys of Washougal, Wash.,
who lost to Barr in the Oregon Amateur's final match, is
also in the field. Vinnie Murphy of Edgewood, Wash. and
Kaleb Gorbahn of Smithers, B.C. both qualified last
month for the 2016 U.S. Amateur, and are both in this
Reid Hatley of Hayden Lake, Idaho, the 2015 PNGA
Men's Mid-Amateur Player of Year, is also in the field.
The Pacific Northwest Men's Amateur Championship
is one of 15 major, regional, amateur championships for
men, women, juniors, and seniors conducted annually
by the PNGA throughout the Northwest.
Wine Valley previously hosted the Pacific Northwest
Men's Amateur Championship in 2012, and also was the
site of the 2013 Pacific Northwest Women's Amateur.
The PNGA was founded on February 4, 1899. It is a
501c3 charitable, international