Denzel Ieremia leads Pacific Coast Amateur
Daniel Ieremia (Pacific Coast G.A. Photo)
Daniel Ieremia (Pacific Coast G.A. Photo)

University Place, Washington (July 18, 2017) -- Round one of the 51st Pacific Coast Amateur Championship lived up to the hype with a series of world-class scores posted at the par 71, 7367 yard Puget Sound layout.

Taking reign of the 18-hole lead was Hamilton, New Zealand’s Denzel Ieremia after a blistering five-under-par 66. Ieremia, a member of the Iowa State Cyclones men’s golf team, was in the second group off today and immediately took advantage of his presidential invitation in the field due to a tenth or better finish last year. Ieremia carded a single bogey on his card, offset by six birdies in his relatively uneventful day by Chambers Bay terms.

A single stroke behind Ieremia is John Oda of Honolulu, Hawaii with a score of four-under-par 67. Oda had his score level with Ieremia through 16 but a bogey on 17 cost him a chance to be tied heading into day two. A strong start however for the UNLV Rebel puts him within striking distance with a lot of golf left to play.

With a leaderboard that has 17 players under par, including a pair of Texans in defending champion Will Zalatoris of Plano and reigning low US Open amateur Scottie Scheffler of Dallas, second round action will surely produce fireworks in University Place.

The Morse Cup after 18-holes has a leaderboard that is just as congested as the main stroke play line. Southern Nevada holds a three-stroke lead over both Pacific Northwest and Southern California golf associations and ready to capitalize on early mistakes tomorrow are Colorado, Idaho and Wyoming golf associations in the 36-hole sub-Championship competition.

Round two begins tomorrow at 7:30am with entrance for spectators continuing to be free of charge.

Results: Pacific Coast Amateur
1ILDoug GhimArlington Heights, IL120070-67-69-69=275
2CACameron ChampSacramento, CA90069-65-73-69=276
3TXWill ZalatorisPlano, TX70069-70-67-71=277
T4CAAndrej BevinsElk Grove, CA70072-70-70-66=278
T4New ZealandDenzel IeremiaNew Zealand70066-72-69-71=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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