Pacific Coast Amateur: Cameron Champ's at it again
19 Jul 2017
by Art Stricklin of

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Cameron Champ won just a week ago (Pacific Coast Amateur photo)
Cameron Champ won just a week ago (Pacific Coast Amateur photo)

UNIVERSITY PARK, Washington (July 19, 2017) -- Cameron Champ continued his summer of amateur golf success, blistering the former U.S. Open site Chambers Bay for a 65 Wednesday and a 3-shot lead after 36 holes of the 51st Pacific Coast Amateur.

Champ, a senior at Texas A&M from Sacramento, California won the Trans-Mississippi Championship last week at Prairie Dunes Golf Club. Today he fired five birdies and an eagle on the par 5 6th hole in round to offset his two bogeys, giving him a three shot lead going to the final two days.

David Micheluzzi eagled the par 5 18th hole to jump into second place with a second round 66—137 total. He is tied with University of Texas golfer Douglas Ghim who posted 67-137.

New Zealand’s Denzel Ieremia, a member of the Iowa State golf team (the first round leader after an opening 66) shot 72 and is at four-under-par 138, tied for third with Hawaii’s John Oda. The UNLV golfer shot a 71.

Carl Yuan (67) is tied with NCAA champion Braden Thornberry of Ole Miss and defending champion Will Zalatoris were also top 10 headed to the final 36 holes.

Champ, who was one of two amateurs to make the cut at the US Open this summer, said his Open performance at Erin Hills in June inspired him at the 2015 Open site this week.

“That practice round [with Rory McIlroy at Erin Hills] showed me what I’m capable of,” he said. “Players like me, we’ve looked up to them for years. To see how they hit the ball and how they go about things, I guess it proves that players of my caliber – and the players here at this event – we can hit those shots.”

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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