Pacific Coast Amateur: Ogden off to early lead

BANDON, OR, (August 2, 2005) -- Recently crowned U.S. Amateur Public Links champion Clay Ogden of West Point, Utah, continued his sizzling summer as he fired a 3-under-par 68 on the Pacific Dunes course at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the 39th Pacific Coast Amateur Championship.

On a sunny, windswept day that made good scores in the mid-morning and afternoon scarce, the 20-year-old Ogden -- a BYU student who defeated Michelle Wie en route to winning the U.S. Publinks earlier this summer -- had four birdies and only one bogey over the Tom Doak-designed layout, despite starting at an unfavorable time with regards to the weather.

Ogden is two shots in front of two Californians, Kevin Chappell of Fresno and Louie Bishop of Murrieta, who took advantage of their early tees, and Jonathan Moore of Vancouver, Wash., who was in one of the last groups. Each fired rounds of 2-under-par 69. Shane Prante of Olympia, Wash., and Ryan Keeney of Redmond, Wash., were the only others under par after shooting 1-under-par 70. Seven golfers matched par with 71s and another seven shot 72. NCGA standout Scott Hardy of Pleasant Hill finished with a 72, while Will Johnson of San Francisco and Elliott Wainwright of Hillsborough carded respective 73s.

The second round will be played tomorrow over the Bandon Dunes Golf Course. The third round Thursday will be played at Pacific Dunes and Friday’s final round will return to Bandon Dunes GC.

Ogden’s score was all the more impressive because he began his round at 9 a.m. on the first tee. By the time he got to the back nine, he was facing 30 mph winds, but he birdied the 15th and 16th holes to go 4 under par, only to make bogey 4 on the 203-yard 17th. He finished with a par 5 on the closing hole to complete his 68.

The 19-year-old Chappell, a student at UCLA who was in the first group off of No. 8 at 7:30 a.m., had three birdies and just one bogey on his round. Bishop, 20, a student at UC Davis, was in the second group off of No. 8 and began his round with a bogey 5 . Then he then reeled off eight consecutive pars and finished by making three birdies in his final eight holes to join Chappell at a shot behind Ogden. Moore, a student at Oklahoma State, birdied his final three holes to gain a share of second.

Defending Pacific Coast Amateur champion Michael Putnam of Tacoma, Wash., struggled to a 4-over-par 75, while 2003 champion James Lepp of Abbottsford, British Columbia, is in a large group at 1-over-par 72.

Southern Nevada Golf Association and British Columbia GA have a one-shot lead after the first round of the Morse Cup Team Competition, held in conjunction with the first two rounds of the championship. With the best two of three individual scores counting for the team total, Southern Nevada and British Columbia each totaled 1-under-par 143. They’re a shot in front of Alberta GA, which finished at even par 144.


Pacific Coast Golf Association

39th Pacific Coast Amateur Championship

at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort; Bandon , Oregon
Pacific Dunes Golf Course
6,633 yards; par 71

18-hole results:

68 — Clay Ogden, West Point, UT.

69 — Louie Bishop, Murrieta, CA; Kevin Chappell, Fresno, CA; Jonathan Moore, Portland, OR.

70 — Ryan Keeney, Henderson, NV; Shane Prante, Olympia, WA.

71 — Nick Becker, Provo, UT; Craig Doell, Victoria, BC; Brady Exber, Las Vegas, NV; Madalitso Muthiya, Lusaka, Zambia; Justin St. Clair, Eugene, OR; Drew Stoltz, Ft. Collins, CO; Kris Wasylowich, Lethbridge, AB.

72 — Chad Fosburg, Las Vegas, NV; Scott Hardy, Pleasant Hill, CA; Craig Junio, Las Vegas, NV; James Lepp, Abbotsford, BC; David Nelson, Reno, NV; Joe Panzeri, Boise, ID; Alex Prugh, Spokane, WA.

73 — Jordan Irwin, Calgary, AB; Will Johnson, San Francisco, CA; Joe Lanza, Bainbridge Island, WA; Tyler Ley, Santa Barbara, CA; Edward McGlasson, Newport Beach, CA; Andrew Putnam, University Place, WA; Joe Sanders, Incline Village, NV; David Schultz, Calgary, AB; Elliott Wainwright, Hillsborough, CA.

74 — Andres Gonzales, Olympia, WA; Kevin Kim, Jamul, CA; Brooks Newsome, Portland, OR; Erik Olson, Newcastle, WA; Charles Soule, Longmont, CO; J.J. Wood, Yuma, AZ; Ashdon Woods, Lander, WY.

75 — Mark Baker, Scottsdale, AZ; Brian Edick, Valencia, CA; Erik Flores, Grass Valley, CA; Robert Grube, Hinsdale, IL; Liam Kendregan, Gresham, OR; Greg LaVoie, Pasco, WA; Rafael Lee, Burnaby, BC; Daniel Lim, Cupertino, CA; Scott McGihon, Bermuda Dunes, CA; Michael Putnam, Tacoma, WA.

76 — Michael Baird, Castle Rock, CO; Travis Bertoni, Paso Robles, CA; Ryan Carter, Hacienda Heights, CA; Travis Gibbons, Caldwell, ID; Erik Hanson, Kirkland, WA; Barrett Jarosch, Edmonton, AB.

77 — Patrick Carrigan, Walnut, CA; Tim McKenney, Scottsdale, AZ; Todd Points, Boise, ID; Marc Rhoades, McCall, ID; Michael Turner, Sherman Oaks, CA; Darren Wallace, Langley, BC; Matt Williams, Las Cruces, NM; Michael Wilson, Pacific Grove, CA.

78 — Larry Gilhuly, Gig Harbor, WA; Michael Jensen, Los Altos, CA; James Love, Calgary, AB; Patrick Nagle, Pacifica, CA; Kyle Stanley, Gig Harbor, WA.

79 — Marty Jacks, Kaysville, UT; Keith Kinsel, Glendale, CA; Randy Mahar, Portland`, OR; Dustin Mills, Arvada, CO.

80 — Zach Bixler, Richland, WA; Seth Cotter, Sparks, NV; Eddie Olson, Aptos, CA; Riki Te Arawhata', Kauika Wanganui, New Zealand; Derek Tolan, Highlands Ranch, CO.

81 — James Lee, La Habra, CA; John Pate, Santa Barbara, CA; Taylor Wood, Laguna Niguel, CA.

82 — James Allenby, Langley, BC; Craig Reasoner, Cooper, WY; Greg Wenzel, Sparks, NV.

83 — Michael McRae, Salt Lake City, UT.

84 — John Hornb eck, Saratoga, WY; Lee Sanchez, Jr., Santa Fe, NM.

86 — Ryan Fery, Beaverton, OR.

89 — Ken Brooke, Bandon, OR.

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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