WALLA WALLA, WA (July 19, 2016) -- James Grierson of
Australia shot rounds of 67-65, a combined 12-under
par, in the two rounds of stroke-play qualifying to earn
medalist honors at the 115th Pacific Northwest Men's
Amateur Championship, being held at Wine Valley Golf
Club in Walla Walla, Wash. Grierson has earned the No.
1 seed entering the match-play competition of the
The championship, which began with a full field of
168 players, has now been cut to the low 64 scores,
with these players advancing to the single-elimination
match-play bracket. Each match will be contested over
18 holes, with the exception of the final match, which
will be played over 36 holes on July 23.
In yesterday's first round, Grierson shot a 5-under
par 67 despite two bogeys in his final four holes. In
today's second round, he teed off in the afternoon wave
of players and shot an immaculate bogey-free round of
7-under 65, going 5-under on the front, which included
an eagle 3 on the 625-yard par-5 seventh hole, then
coming home with two more birdies on the back nine.
Grierson had arrived at the course from Australia a
few days early to get some practice in and it showed.
"The course is amazing," he said. "The fairways are
wide and the greens are undulating, but they roll true
and you just have to get the putts on line, which is the
best part about a golf course."
In last year's championship, Grierson's friend and
countryman, Anthony Quayle of Queensland, Australia,
won the title, when it was held at Sunriver (Ore.)
Resort. "It would be great to see another Australian win
this," Grierson said. "We love coming over here to play
in your summers."
Finishing second, three shots back of Grierson, is
Carl Yuan, who tied Grierson with the low round of the
qualifying rounds, a 7-under 65 in yesterday's first
round. Earlier this summer, Yuan, a rising sophomore at
the University of Washington, had qualified into the
Sectionals for the 2016 U.S. Open.
Other notables to advance to match play are Derek
Bayley of Rathdrum, Idaho, who two days ago won the
Rosauers Open Invitational in Spokane, a professional
event, by shooting a tournament record that included a
59 in the second round. Last month he also 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 also has advanced this
week into the match-play bracket. Aaron's brother,
Andrew, also advanced.
Also advancing are Connor Barr of Beaverton, Ore.,
who has already won the 2016 Oregon Amateur; Vinnie
Murphy of Edgewood, Wash. and Kaleb Gorbahn of
Smithers, B.C. both qualified last month for the 2016
U.S. Amateur; Reid Hatley of Hayden Lake, Idaho, the
2015 PNGA Men's Mid-Amateur Player of Year; and Sam
Others to advance are Frank Garber of Kirkland,
Wash., a sophomore on the University of Washington
golf team, who was the 2013 PNGA Junior Boys' Player
of the Year, and who while in high school twice won the
3A state championship, and won the Washington Junior
Golf Association state title four times.
Other Northwest players of note are Kevin Geniza
of Corvallis, Ore., who shot a 3-under 69. Geniza
recently won his third consecutive 5A Oregon High
School Championship, and in the fall will attend the
University of Oregon to play for the newly-crowned
national champion Duck men's golf team; and Li Wang
of Sammamish, Wash., who is a senior at Yale where he
is captain of the men's golf team.
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.
Past champions include 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.
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.