Jack Buchanan (Pacific Coast Amateur Photo)
Round two leader, Jack Buchanan
of Australia shot a 4-under 66 in today’s third round to take a three-shot lead going into the final round of the 56th Pacific Coast Amateur Championship
. The championship is hosted this week from July 25-28 at Capilano Golf and Country Club.
Playing in the final group of the day, Buchanan entered today’s third round with a two-shot lead over Cooper Jones
of Highland, Utah, and Jayden Ford
of New Zealand. He quickly picked up where he left off yesterday, building on his lead by torching the golf course with five birdies, one eagle, and no bogeys in his first eleven holes.
Things would come back to earth a little bit for Buchanan down the home stretch. He double-bogeyed the 370-yard par-4 No. 12 and carded one more birdie and two bogeys in his final four holes to finish his day at 4-under.
Buchanan is one of seven Australians in the field this week. He has played in five Elite Amateur Series events this year, highlighted by a round of 16 finish at the North and South Amateur.
Buchanan will be joined by fellow countryman Jeffrey Guan
and 19-year-old Cooper Jones in the final group during tomorrow’s round. Guan and Jones both sit three shots off the pace, well within striking distance of the lead.
Aidan Thomas of Albuquerque, N.M., shot the low round of the day and matched the low round of the championship with a 6-under 64. He climbed 25 spots on the leaderboard to finish the day at T41.
Five of the seven Australians in the field are in the top 25 after three rounds: Jack Buchanan, Jeffrey Guan, Connor Fewkes, Josh Greer, and Jye Pickin.
36 players shot under par rounds today. The field finished with a 70.54 scoring average on the par-70 golf course.
The 445-yard par-4 first hole was the hardest hole in round three with a scoring average of 4.47.The par-5 481-yard third hole played as the easiest hole in round three.
The short, scoreable hole finished with a scoring average of just 4.33 strokes and saw four eagles and 47 birdies.
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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