Quade Cummins (Pacific Coast Amateur photo)
Quade Cummins’ performance this week at the Championship Course at UNM in Albuquerque, N.M., has been quite remarkable. For the past 36 holes at the Pacific Coast Amateur, Cummins hasn’t had a bogey on his card. It’s hard to catch a player who isn’t making mistakes, and consequently, Cummins has built his lead to three shots with one round left to play.
Cummins, the Oklahoma City native who plays for the University of Oklahoma, followed Wednesday’s bogey-free round of 66 with a bogey-free 65 on Thursday. He turned a one-shot lead into a three-shot lead.
“I had a birdie on four, birdie on five and a birdie on nine,” Cummins said of making the turn in 3 under.
The low numbers didn’t stop. Cummins birdied No. 13 and eagled No. 15 to finish off the round.
Cummins was paired with Thomas Hutchison of San Jose, Calif., who fired the low score of the second round, and Blake Windred of Australia, who was the co-leader after the first round.
“I’ve had bogey-free rounds, but I don’t think I’ve ever had two in a row,” said Cummins.
Carson Barry of Eagle, Idaho, had Thursday’s best score, an 8-under 63. The Oregon State player, who won last week’s Idaho State Amateur, entered the day 14 shots off the lead at 5-over par, but is now 3 under.
“I had a pretty solid start on the back,” said Barry. “Then I got a long eagle putt to drop on No. 18 and figured I could do something on the front, because I was hitting it really good.”
Barry round also stands as the low 18-hole score of the tournament so far, and helped him climb the leaderboard into the top 25.
Defending champion Isaiah Salinda, a recent Stanford graduate, is 4 under and tied for 16th.
Quotes and information from the Pacific Coast Golf Association used in this report
ABOUT THE Pacific Coast Amateur
Although its present history only dates from
1967, the Pacific Coast
Amateur Championship's roots make it one of
golf championships in American history. The first
held on the links of San Francisco Golf Club at
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,
Southern California, Oregon and Arizona golf
Today, 15 member Pacific Rim golf
the Pacific Coast Golf Association. Players can
invited to this 72-
hole stroke play event by their Pacific Coast G.A.
association, or as an individual.
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