Pacific Coast Amateur: Two Canadians share lead

VICTORIA, B.C., Canada (Aug. 4, 2008)--James Allenby of Langley, BC, and Jordan Irwin of Calgary, Alb., each fired rounds of 5-under-par 65 and share a two-shot lead after the first round of the 42nd Pacific Coast Amateur Championship at Royal Colwood Golf Club in Victoria.

Defending champion Mike Knight of Calgary and recently crowned British Columbia Amateur champion Eugene Wong of North Vancouver head a quartet who finished at 3-under-par 67 over the 6,683-yard parkland layout, which was designed in 1913 by Vernon Macan.

Allenby and Wong led the way as the Pacific Northwest Golf Association took a five-shot lead after the first round of the Morse Cup team competition. With the best two of three scores from a pre-selected trio counting for the team total, the PNGA — which is seeking its third consecutive Morse Cup title — finished at 8 under par, five shots ahead of the Washington State GA. Alberta is in third place, another shot back.

The 23-year-old Allenby, who was all-Pac 10 last yearat Oregon State, opened with consecutive birdies today and ended with five birdies and no bogies for his round. Irwin, also 23, who has won five tournaments at the University of Houston, made five birdies in six holes on the front nine (his second today). He ended with seven birdies and two bogeys, shooting 30 on the front nine.

The 21-year-old Knight, who is bidding to become the first repeat champion since Billy Mayfair won in 1987 and 1988, also had five birdies today; only a double-bogey 6 on the 446-yard 12th hole kept him from sharing the lead.

Kevin Carrigan, who belongs to Royal Colwood, had the shot of the round when he holed an 8 iron from 175 yards on the par-3 seventh hole for his first career hole in one.

“There’s a little rise in front of the green,” said Carrigan. “Someone said, ‘It’s either in the hole or over the green.’ Then there was a lot of cheering.” Carrigan finished at 1-over-par 71.

Results For Pacific Coast Amateur Golf Championship
1CanadaJordan IrwinCanada100065-68-68-70--271
2CARyan HalliseyGranite Bay, CA70069-62-68-73--272
T3CanadaNick TaylorCanada50069-68-68-69--274
T3CAMatt HoffenbergSimi Valley, CA50072-70-66-66--274
T3CODerek TolanHighlands Ranch, CO50067-65-68-74--274

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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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