Pacific Coast Amateur: Ogden Eagles last hole, still leads

BANDON, OR, August 4 – After two days of rock-steady golf at the 39th Pacific Coast Amateur Championship, Clay Ogden of West Point, Utah, climbed on the rollercoaster at Pacific Dunes Golf Course, and the 21-year-old U.S. Amateur Public Links champion polished off his up-and-down-and-up round with an eagle 3 on the final hole to maintain a two-shot lead after three rounds at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort.

Ogden, who won the U.S. Publinks title last month, posted a 2-under-par 70 today, good for a three round total of 68-72-70 -- -210 (4 under par). He leads Alex Prugh of Spokane, Wash., by two shots heading into tomorrow’s final round at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort (the 72-hole event has alternated between the Bandon Dunes and Pacific Dunes layouts at the seaside Oregon resort).

Ogden and Prugh are the only players under par for 54 holes. Andres Gonzales of Olympia, Wash., and Drew Stoltz of Fort Collins, Colo., are tied for third at 215, 1 over par. Gonzales’ wild round of 70 included an eagle, five birdies, four bogies and a double bogey over the Tom Doak-designed layout, while Stoltz had three birdies and four bogies en route to a 72 today.

James Lepp of Abbotsford, B.C., had the day’s best round, a 3-under-par 68 and moved into a tie for fifth place at 217 (3 over par), along with Jonathan Moore of Vancouver, Wash., who slipped to a 73 today. Lepp -- -who obliterated the field and Capilano G & CC in Vancouver by 10 shots when he won this event two years ago -- -had six birdies and three bogies today. After bogeying the par-4 ninth and par-three 10th holes to fall back to even par for the day, Lepp, a 21-year-old University of Washington student, rallied with birdies on Nos. 13, 15 and 17 to equal Ogden’s first-round number as the low individual score of the tournament.

Lepp’s round was mild compared with Ogden’s adventure. Ogden’s bizarre round included a four-inch missed putt (on No. 6), continued at the par-five 12th hole when he tried to hit driver from the fairway and ended in grass suspended over a bunker lip (“It was a stupid play and I got a bad break, which I probably deserved,” he said later). He chopped it out but ended up making double bogey, but rebounded with three consecutive birdies (getting up and down twice from off the green, before making bogey 4 on the treacherous 208-yard 17th.

On the 575-yard finishing hole, Ogden laced a 3-iron shot from 280 yards out that narrowly avoided thick gorse and curled down to within 12 feet of the hole. “That was a great way to finish what was a strange round,” said Ogden later. Prugh was not so fortunate on the hole. His second also narrowly flew over the gorse but landed in an awkward lie on the hillside. He pitched deftly to eight feet from the hole but missed the birdie putt.

Gonzales may have summed the entire field’s attitude after his 2-under-par round. “You keep grinding and try to give yourself a chance,” said Gonzales. “That’s all you can ask.” The other prevailing sentiment came from Nick Becker, Ogden’s teammate, who is tied for seventh after a 74 today. “If the wind keeps blowing hard tomorrow,” he said with a chuckle, “we’ve all got a chance.”

Pacific Coast Golf Association, 39th Pacific Coast Amateur Championship
- at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort; Bandon , Oregon and Pacific Dunes Golf Course; 6,503 yards; par 71

54-hole results:

210 -- Clay Ogden, West Point, Uta, 68-72-70.

212 -- Alex Prugh, Spokane, Wash., 72-70-70.

215 -- Andres D. Gonzales, Olympia, Wash., 74-71-70; Drew Stoltz, Fort Collins, C, 71-72-72.

217 -- James Lepp, Abbotsford, BC, 72-77-68; Jonathan Moore, Vancouver, Wash, 69-75-73.

218 -- Kevin Chappell, Fresno, Calif., 69-77-72; Nick Becker, Provo, Utah, 71-73-74; Kris Wasylowich, Lethbridge, AB, 71-73-74; Louie Bishop, Murrieta, Calif, 69-73-76.

219 -- Brian Edick, Valencia, Calif, 75-75-69; Ryan Keeney, Redmond, Wash., 70-78-71; Erik Flores, Grass Valley, C, 75-72-72; Joe Panzeri, Boise, Idaho, 72-75-72; Robert P. Grube, Hinsdale, Ill., 75-70-74; Madalitso Muthiya, Lusaka, Zambia, 71-72-76.

220 -- Elliott Wainwright, Hillsborough, C, 73-74-73; Shane Prante, Tumwater, Wash., 70-75-75.

221 -- Gregg LaVoie, Pasco, Wash., 75-73-73; David Schultz, Calgary, AB, 73-74-74; Brady Exber, Las Vegas, Nev., 71-76-74; HoChul (KeKim , Jamul, Calif., 74-71-76.

222 -- Erik Olson, Renton, Wash., 74-76-72; Daniel Lim , Cupertino, Cali, 75-75-72; Craig Doell, Victoria, BC, 71-78-73; Chad Fosburg, Las Vegas, Nev., 72-75-75; Scott Hardy, Pleasant Hill,, 72-73-77.

223 -- Edward McGlasson, Orange, Calif., 73-77-73; Liam Kendregan, Gresham, Ore., 75-74-74; Michael Wilson, Pacific Grove,, 77-72-74; Joe Lanza, Bainbridge Isla, 73-73-77.

224 -- Michael Putnam, Tacoma, Wash., 75-74-75; Ryan Carter, Hacienda Height, 76-75-73.

225 -- Patrick Nagle, Pacifica, Calif, 78-77-70; Jordan Irwin, Calgary, AB, 73-74-78.

226 -- Tyler Ley , Santa Barbara,, 73-73-80.

227 -- Andrew Putnam, Tacoma, Wash., 73-80-74; Travis Bertoni, Paso Robles, Ca, 76-76-75.

228 -- Charles Soule, Longmont, Colo., 74-76-78; Randy Mahar, Portland, Ore., 79-78-71; Rafael Lee , Burnaby, BC, 75-76-77; Erik Hanson, Kirkland, Wash., 76-75-77; Justin St Clair, Eugene, Ore., 71-73-84.

229 -- Craig Junio, Las Vegas, Nev., 72-78-79; Scott McGihon, Bermuda Dunes,, 75-74-80; Michael Turner, Sherman Oaks, C, 77-71-81; Zach Bixler, Richland, Wash., 80-74-75; Eddie Olson, Aptos, Calif., 80-74-75; Mark Baker, Scottsdale, Ari, 75-79-75; Marc Rhoades, McCall, Idaho, 77-76-76.

230 -- Will Johnson, Fair Oaks, Cali, 73-75-82; Darren Wallace, Langley, BC, 77-78-75; Brooks Newsom, Portland, Ore., 74-80-76.

231 -- Michael Jensen, Los Altos, Cali, 78-81-72; James Love, Calgary, AB, 78-81-72; Kyle Stanley, Gig Harbor, Was, 78-80-73; David Nelson, Reno, Nev., 72-75-84; Marty Jacks, Kaysville, Utah, 79-76-76.

232 -- James Lee , La Habra, Calif, 81-77-74; Derek Tolan, Highlands Ranch, 80-77-75; Taylor Wood, Laguna Niguel,, 81-75-76; James Allenby, Langley, BC, 82-74-76; Riki Kauika, Wanganui, New Z, 80-72-80.

233 -- Ashdon Woods, Lander, Wyo., 74-82-77; J.J. Wood, Yuma, Ariz., 74-78-81; Tim McKenney, Scottsdale, Ari, 77-74-82.

234 -- Keith Kinsel, Glendale, Calif, 79-75-80; Barrett Jarosch, Edmonton, AB, 76-78-80.

235 -- Michael Baird, Castle Rock, Co, 76-77-82; Larry Gilhuly, Gig Harbor, Was, 78-74-83.

236 -- Michael McRae, Salt Lake City,, 83-78-75; Matt Williams, Holton, Kan., 77-80-79.

238 -- Seth Cotter, Sparks, Nev., 80-81-77.

239 -- Patrick Carrigan, Walnut, Calif., 77-79-83.

240 -- Travis Gibbens, Caldwell, Idaho, 76-81-83.

241 -- Todd Points, Payette, Idaho, 77-89-75; John Hornbeck, Saratoga, Wyo., 84-80-77; Greg Wenzel, Sparks, Nev., 82-81-78; Craig Reasoner, Casper, Wyo., 82-75-84; Dustin Mills, Arvada, Colo., 79-75-87.

242 -- Ryan Fery, Beaverton, Ore., 86-80-76; Joe Sanders, Incline Village, 73-89-80

245 -- Lee Sanchez, J, Santa Fe, N.M., 84-77-84

246 -- John Pate, Santa Barbara,, 81-83-82

WD -- Ken Brooke, Jacksonville Be, 89-88 -- WD .

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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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