Aaron Wise conquers strong field at Pacific Coast Amateur
2015 Pacific Coast Amateur winner Aaron Wise of <br>The University of Oregon (PCGA photo)
2015 Pacific Coast Amateur winner Aaron Wise of
The University of Oregon (PCGA photo)

EUGENE, Ore. — Aaron Wise knew Eugene Country Club better than most players entering the 49th playing of the Pacific Coast Amateur.

The University of Oregon sophomore and his Ducks men's golf team play the historic club three times a week during the spring and fall seasons. So Wise, who was All Pac-12 Second Team during his recently completed freshman campaign, had a full year of prep for the tournament.

He had six birdies to his name through 15 holes during Friday's final round, and despite a double-bogey at the par-4 16th, Wise secured a two-shot win over some of the biggest names in amateur golf.

Finishing in second place were two of the most notable players in the collegiate world during the 2014-2015 season — University of Texas junior Beau Hossler and Stanford University junior Maverick McNealy.

"Coming down the stretch with guys like Beau and Mav coming at you, you know that they're going to be gunning for birdies and trying to come get you," Wise said. "It was definitely a good win for me and a big confidence booster for the rest of the summer."

Hossler's final-round 64 pushed him into a share of the runner-up position while McNealy 's third-round 65 put him just a shot back entering the last day.

The golf course, redesigned by Robert Trent Jones in 1960, will host the 2016 NCAA Men's National Championship. This fact certainly helped make this year's field one the best in the nation in 2015 as players looked to preview the course. Wise looks forward to the chance to play the track again come next May.

"It's definitely a good golf course. You have to move it both ways and putt well. You have to have every aspect of the game and I think that fits my game really well," Wise said. "We don't see the course this firm or this fast very often so I think it was a big advantage for me, and everyone else in the field, to see it like this going into next year."

The reigning NCAA individual champ, SMU senior Bryson DeChambeau, shared the 54-hole lead with 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur champion Will Zalatoris at four-under par. Both players had disappointing final rounds, with DeChambeau shooting three-over 37 on the front nine and Zalatoris making double-bogey on 16 en route to two-over 72s. The pair tied for fourth place four shots behind Wise.


Founded in 1899, Eugene Country Club is Oregon's second oldest golf club. Renovated in the late 1960's by renowned architect Robert Trent Jones, Eugene Country Club has routinely been rated one of the best courses in the Pacific Northwest. The rolling, tree-lined design will be a challenge to 84 of the top-ranked amateurs in the world over the 72-hole, four-day stroke play competition. Only one player will have the opportunity to raise the Dr. Ed Updegraff trophy as overall champion at one of North America's most historic golfing events.

Results: Pacific Coast Amateur
1CAAaron WiseLake Elsinore, CA120069-71-68-66=274
T2CAMaverick McNealyPortola Valley, CA90070-72-75-69=276
T2CABeau HosslerMission Viejo, CA90071-72-69-64=276
T4CABryson DeChambeauClovis, CA70070-68-68-72=278
T4TXWill ZalatorisPlano, TX70070-67-69-72=278

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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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