BANDON, Ore., (August 3, 2005) – On a day when windy Bandon Dunes Golf Course was a clear winner, U.S. Amateur Public Links champion Clay Ogden of West Point, UT, escaped with an even-par 72 and has a two-shot lead at the halfway point of the 39th Pacific Coast Amateur Championship at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort.
The 20-year-old Ogden -- a BYU student who defeated Michelle Wie en route to winning the U.S. Publinks earlier this summer -- is at 3-under-par 140 for two rounds. His even-par round today -- with a birdie and a bogey and seven pars on each nine -- followed his opening round of 3-under-par 69 at the resort’s Pacific Dunes GC yesterday and gives him a two-shot lead over UC Davis student Louis Bishop of Murrieta, Calif., and Alex Prugh of Spokane, Wash., who had the day’s low round, 2-under-par 70.
Prugh, who attends the University of Washington and was the 2005 Washington State Amateur champion, also paced the Washington State Golf Association to a three-shot win in the annual Morse Cup Team Competition, held in conjunction with the first two rounds of the 72-hole championship. Washington’s two-round total of 288 edged out Alberta GA and made it the fifth association to win back-to-back Morse Cup titles in the event’s 39-year history.
The championship’s third round returns to the Tom Doak-designed Pacific Dunes GC tomorrow (Thursday) with the final round being played over the David McLay Kidd-designed Bandon Dunes GC on Friday. Both courses have justified their lofty ratings on most “best courses” lists, and the 30-40 mph winds that are expected to continue for at least the next two days have wreaked havoc on the field, which has seen just the top three golfers under par for 36 holes. In addition to Prugh’s 70, only three players were able to post 1-under-par 71s today and Ogden was one of just five players to match par.
Ogden’s lead is anything but secure. Zambia’s Madalitso Muthiya, a student at the University of New Mexico, and Texas Christian student Drew Stoltz of Fort Collins, Colo., are tied for fourth at even-par 143 after each posted even-par 72s today. Another quartet are at 144, including 35-year-old Kris Wasylowich of Lethbridge, Alberta, one of just two mid-amateurs in the top 14. Five more golfers stand at 145, just five shots back of the leader.
Defending champion Michael Putnam of Tacoma, Wash., who was recently named to the U.S. Walker Cup squad that will play a team from Great Britain and Ireland on August 13-14, is nine shots off the lead after a 74 today. James Lepp, who won this event in 2003 and defeated Putnam in a playoff to win the NCAA Division I title last spring, struggled to a 77 today and is also at 149.
SECOND ROUND RESULTS FROM AUGUST 3, 2005:
Pacific Coast Golf Association
39th Pacific Coast Amateur Championship
at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort; Bandon , Oregon
Bandon Dunes Golf Course
6,873 yards; par 72
140 — Clay Ogden, West Point, UT, 68-72.
142 — Louie Bishop, Murrieta, CA, 69-73; Alex Prugh, Spokane, WA, 72-70.
143 — Madalitso Muthiya, Lusaka, Zambia, 71-72; Drew Stoltz, Ft. Collins, CO, 71-72.
144 — Nick Becker, Provo, UT, 71-73; Jonathan Moore, Portland, OR, 69-75; Justin St. Clair, Eugene, OR, 71-73; Kris Wasylowich, Lethbridge, AB, 71-73.
145 — Andres Gonzales, Olympia, WA, 74-71; Robert Grube, Hinsdale, IL, 75-70; Scott Hardy, Pleasant Hill, CA, 72-73; Kevin Kim, Jamul, CA, 74-71; Shane Prante, Olympia, WA, 70-75.
146 — Kevin Chappell, Fresno, CA, 69-77; Joe Lanza, Bainbridge Island, WA, 73-73; Tyler Ley, Santa Barbara, CA, 73-73.
147 — Brady Exber, Las Vegas, NV, 71-76; Erik Flores, Grass Valley, CA, 75-72; Chad Fosburg, Las Vegas, NV, 72-75; Jordan Irwin, Calgary, AB, 73-74; David Nelson, Reno, NV, 72-75; Joe Panzeri, Boise, ID, 72-75; David Schultz, Calgary, AB, 73-74; Elliott Wainwright, Hillsborough, CA, 73-74.
148 — Will Johnson, San Francisco, CA, 73-75; Ryan Keeney, Henderson, NV, 70-78; Greg LaVoie, Pasco, WA, 75-73; Michael Turner, Sherman Oaks, CA, 77-71.
149 — Craig Doell, Victoria, BC, 71-78; Liam Kendregan, Gresham, OR, 75-74; James Lepp, Abbotsford, BC, 72-77; Scott McGihon, Bermuda Dunes, CA, 75-74; Michael Putnam, Tacoma, WA, 75-74; Michael Wilson, Pacific Grove, CA, 77-72.
150 — Brian Edick, Valencia, CA, 75-75; Craig Junio, Las Vegas, NV, 72-78; Daniel Lim, Cupertino, CA, 75-75; Edward McGlasson, Newport Beach, CA, 73-77; Erik Olson, Newcastle, WA, 74-76; Charles Soule, Longmont, CO, 74-76.
151 — Ryan Carter, Hacienda Heights, CA, 76-75; Erik Hanson, Kirkland, WA, 76-75; Rafael Lee, Burnaby, BC, 75-76; Tim McKenney, Scottsdale, AZ, 77-74.
152 — Travis Bertoni, Paso Robles, CA, 76-76; Larry Gilhuly, Gig Harbor, WA, 78-74; Riki Te Arawhata' Kauika, Wanganui, New Zealand, 80-72; J.J. Wood, Yuma, AZ, 74-78.
153 — Michael Baird, Castle Rock, CO, 76-77; Andrew Putnam, University Place, WA, 73-80; Marc Rhoades, McCall, ID, 77-76.
154 — Mark Baker, Scottsdale, AZ, 75-79; Zach Bixler, Richland, WA, 80-74; Barrett Jarosch, Edmonton, AB, 76-78; Keith Kinsel, Glendale, CA, 79-75; Dustin Mills, Arvada, CO, 79-75; Brooks Newsome, Portland, OR, 74-80; Eddie Olson, Aptos, CA, 80-74.
155 — Marty Jacks, Kaysville, UT, 79-76; Patrick Nagle, Pacifica, CA, 78-77; Darren Wallace, Langley, BC, 77-78.
156 — Patrick Carrigan, Walnut, CA, 77-79; Taylor Wood, Laguna Niguel, CA, 81-75; Ashdon Woods, Lander, WY, 74-82; James Allenby, Langley, BC, 82-74.
157 — Travis Gibbons, Caldwell, ID, 76-81; Randy Mahar, Portland`, OR, 79-78; 157 — Craig Reasoner, Cooper, WY, 82-75; Derek Tolan, Highlands Ranch, CO, 80-77; Matt Williams, Las Cruces, NM, 77-80.
158 — James Lee, La Habra, CA, 81-77; Kyle Stanley, Gig Harbor, WA, 78-80.
159 — Michael Jensen, Los Altos, CA, 78-81; James Love, Calgary, AB, 78-81.
161 — Seth Cotter, Sparks, NV, 80-81; Michael McRae, Salt Lake City, UT, 83-78; Lee Sanchez, Jr., Santa Fe, NM, 84-77.
162 — Joe Sanders, Incline Village, NV, 73-89.
163 — John Pate, Santa Barbara, CA, 81-82; Greg Wenzel, Sparks, NV, 82-81.
164 — John Hornbeck, Saratoga, WY, 84-80.
166 — Ryan Fery, Beaverton, OR, 86-80; Todd Points, Boise, ID, 77-89.
177 — Ken Brooke, Bandon, OR, 89-88.
NOTE: Third round Thursday will be played on Pacific Dunes GC; the final round (Friday) will be played on Bandon Dunes GC. Individual scorecards may be found at http://www.pacificcoastamateur.com.