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Pacific Coast Amateur Championship

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July 25, 2014

Corey was the story at the 48th Pacific Coast Amateur Championship.

Cameron Park resident Corey Pereira ended up turning this year’s annual championship at par-70 Pine Canyon Club in Flagstaff, Arizona  into a one-man show. The University of Washington sophomore carded a final round 67 on Friday for a four-day total of 19-under 261, beating the field by eight strokes.

Matt Hansen of Los Osos, who like Pereira was a member of the NCGA Morse Cup squad during the first two rounds of play,  was runner-up at 11-under 269 along with Honolulu’s Lorens Chan. Hansen shot a final round 66, which Chan, who plays at UCLA, had a 70.

Pereira’s 72-hole total of 261 is a new championship record. The previous low was 263, set by James Lepp of British Columbia during his win in 2003.

It’s the second straight year that a player from Northern California has won the title. Last year, Tyler Raber of El Macero claimed the prestigious individual Ed Updegraff Trophy.

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Corey Pereira ran away with the title, thanks to his second and third round scores of 62.

“I played well and just didn’t make mistakes. That’s what it took and I am sitting here now so it’s pretty awesome,” Pereira said.

Having entered the final round with a comfy five stroke lead, Pereira never gave anyone a chance to even knock on the door. He’d bogey the par-3 5th, but that was after a birdie on No.4. By the time he reached the tee at No.8, his lead had mushroomed to seven strokes.

Pereira was so good, that two late birdies on holes No.14 and No.16 were a formality.

“I want to be the number one amateur in the world,” Pereira said.

It was in both the second and third rounds that the 2013 NCGA Junior champion took control of the tournament, shooting a pair of 62′s.

Hansen, a former star at UC Davis, also had a great finish. Following the second round, the recent California State Amateur semifinalist was tied for 14th. Along with his 65 on Thursday, Hansen played his last two rounds at 9-under combined.

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Matt Hansen also shined the last two rounds, moving up to a tie for second place.

In the final round, Hansen put up five birdies to go with just two bogeys.

Andrew McCain of Minnesota and Mark Anguiano of Whittier finished tied for fourth at 10-under 270 following rounds of 69 and 71, respectively.

Cody Blick of Danville was another NCGA player finishing in the Top 10. Blick, who recently qualified for the upcoming U.S. Amateur Championship, finished in a tie for seventh with five other players at 272 following a final round 69. Like Hansen, Blick too shot a 65 in the third round.

Livermore resident Tanner Hughes came in T-18 at 277 following a 70. Chico’s Kurt Kitayama placed T-21 after a 70.

For Pereira, the win could be a sign of more good things to come.

Past champions of the Pacific Coast Amateur who have gone on to successful professional careers include PGA Tour winners Billy Mayfair (1987, 1988), Jason Gore (1997) and Ben Crane (1998) as well as Web.com Tour winners and brothers Michael Putnam (2004) and Andrew Putnam (2010).

July 24, 2014

A second straight 62 has put Corey Pereira in command of the annual Pacific Coast Amateur Championship.

A day after carding a temporary course record-tying 62, the Cameron Park resident remained hot, posting another 8-under 62 on the par-70 Pine Canyon Club in Flagstaff, AZ to take a five stroke lead into Friday’s final round.

The University of Washington sophomore penciled in two eagles (holes No.4 and No. 16) and five birdies to go with just one bogey to get to a three-day total of 16-under 194. One of his eagles came courtesy of an 80-foot putt that found its way into the bottom of the cup.

During his Wednesday 62, Pereira posted an eagle, seven birdies and one bogey. The 2013 NCGA Junior Championship winner has feasted on Pine Canyon’s par-3s and the par5s. Through his first three rounds, he’s played the  par-3s at 5-under, while playing the par-5s at 8-under.

Tyler Raber of El Macero, a Northern California player, claimed the Pacific Coast Amateur Championship crown and the prestigious individual Ed Updegraff Trophy last year.

“I didn’t think I could do it again after yesterday so it’s a nice surprise,” said Pereira of his back-to-back 62′s. “I’ve carried a lead in junior events before but nothing of this caliber. I think I am well prepared to handle it. If I can keep doing what I am doing, I’m sure there will be no problems.”

The Southern California Golf Association’s Mark Anguiano and Lorens Chan of Hawaii are tied for second at 11-under 199 after rounds of 68 and 69, respectively. Anguiano entered the event at No.24 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. Chan, a junior at UCLA, was ranked No.98.

Alone in fourth place at 10-under 200  is Arizona’s Alex McMahon, who came in with a record 61 on Wednesday not long after Pereira had tied Minnesota resident Andrew McCain’s first round course record 62.

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Cody Blick shot a third round 65 and is at 203.

Pereira wasn’t the only NCGA player to make a move in Thursday’s pivotal third round, which was temporarily delayed due to inclement weather.

Also making charges were Cody Blick of Danville and Matt Hansen of Los Osos.

Blick, who recently earned a spot in the upcoming U.S. Amateur Championship through qualifying, fired a 65 that included six birdies and a bogey. A member of the golf team at San Jose State, Blick had back-to-back birdies on holes No.4 and No.5 and No.10 and No.11.

Hansen, who made it to the semifinals of the recent California State Amateur Championship, carded seven birdies on the day, including three straight on holes No.6 through No.8, to go with just two bogeys for a 65.

Both Blick and Hansen are tied for fifth with three other players at 7-under 203.

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Matt Hansen also had a third round 65 and is at 203.

Tanner Hughes of Livermore and Dalan Refioglu of Foster City, who entered the third round within striking distance of the lead, slipped back with rounds of 71 and 70, respectively. The duo is tied for 17th at 207.

Held on an annual basis since 1967, with roots dating back to 1901, the Pacific Coast Amateur Championship boasts a rich history of showcasing some of the most talented golfers in the United States and Canada. In recent years, players from across the world have sought to compete in the event. This year’s field includes players representing New Zealand, Chile, France and Australia.

Past champions of the Pacific Coast Amateur who have gone on to successful professional careers include PGA Tour winners Billy Mayfair (1987, 1988), Jason Gore (1997) and Ben Crane (1998) as well as Web.com Tour winners and brothers Michael Putnam (2004) and Andrew Putnam (2010).

July 23, 2014

A record-tying performance helped Corey Pereira climb the leaderboard, and almost enabled the Northern California Golf Association to hold on to the Morse Cup.

Pereira, who hails from Cameron Park, caught fire in the second round of this week’s annual Pacific Coast Amateur Championship at the par-70 Pine Canyon Club in Flagstaff, AZ, carding an 8-under 62 that matched the record-setting 62 shot by Minnesota’s Andrew McCain in Tuesday’s first round.

Pereira’s record-tying score wouldn’t last. Not long after his round, Arizona’s Alex McMahon came in with a record 61.

The 62 not only pushed Pereira into third place in the individual standings, but also put the NCGA in contention in the Morse Cup competition. The Southern California Golf Association won the Morse Cup, which takes the best two out three scores from each team/organization over the first two rounds, with a 36-hole score of 11-under 269. The NCGA finished second at 270 following a final round of 131.

Pereira, a sophomore at the University of Washington and winner of the 2013 NCGA Junior Championship, was brilliant. His 62 featured an eagle on the par-5 4th, seven birdies and just one bogey.

He trails Lorens Chan of Hawaii, who had a second round 63 to get to 130. In second place is Mark Anguiano of Whittier, who had a 66 and is at 131. Anguiano was the Big West Male Golfer of the Year this past season and recently was crowned the 2014 Sahalee Players Championship winner.

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The NCGA squad–Paul Smith, Matt Hansen and Corey Pereira–finished second in the Morse Cup to the SCGA.

Matt Hansen of Los Osos, who also represented the NCGA in the Morse Cup, shot a 69 and is tied for 14th at 138. Paul Smith, also a member of the three-man NCGA squad, slipped to a 77 after shooting 70 in the opening round.

Other NorCal players in the hunt for the individual Ed Updegraff Trophy, which is named after the longtime volunteer and standout amateur golfer who played on three Walker Cup teams, include Tanner Hughes of Livermore and Dalan Refioglu of Foster City.

Hughes had four birdies and a bogey for a 67 which moved him to 136 into a tie for ninth. Refioglu, a St. Mary’s alum, shot 71 and is at 138. In Tuesday’s first round, Refioglu fired a 66.

Kurt Kitayama of Chico, who opened with a 68, had a 71 and is T-22.

Past champions of the Pacific Coast Amateur who have gone on to successful professional careers include PGA Tour winners Billy Mayfair (1987, 1988), Jason Gore (1997) and Ben Crane (1998) as well as Web.com Tour winners and brothers Michael Putnam (2004) and Andrew Putnam (2010).

July 22, 2014

It’s not on top of either of the leaderboards, but the Northern California Golf Association is off to a solid start at this week’s 48th Pacific Coast Amateur Championship at the par-70 Pine Canyon Club in Flagstaff, Arizona.

On the individual front, Dalan Refioglu of Foster City is just four strokes off the lead after posting an opening round 4-under 66. Refioglu, who formerly played for the highly successful St. Mary’s men’s golf team, got going with five birdies and an eagle on the par-5 4th. He could have went even deeper, but was stalled by a bogey and double-bogey on the par-3 5th.

Leading the championship is Minnesota’s Andrew McCain, who started play with a sizzling 8-under 62.

Also hovering near the top of the leaderboard are Cody Blick of Danville and Kurt Kitayama of Chico, who each ended the first round with matching scores of 68.

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Kurt Kitayama is in the mix after opening with a 68.

Blick, who recently earned a spot in the upcoming U.S. Amateur Championship through qualifying, was steady, penciling in three birdies to go with just one bogey. Kitayama, who plays at the University of Las Vegas, had four birdies and two bogeys.

Both Blick and Kitayama will enter Wednesday’s second round tied for 10th.

In the Morse Cup competition, which takes the best two out three scores from each team/organization over the first two rounds, the NCGA currently is tied for fourth following a first round score of 1-under 139. Leading the Morse Cup competition is the Southern California Golf Association, which opened with a 5-under 135.

Matt Hansen of Los Osos and Paul Smith of Turlock, two of the players representing the NCGA in the Morse Cup, shot 69 and 70, respectively. Corey Pereira, the third member of the NCGA squad, also opened with a 70.

Hansen is tied for 16th in the individual portion of the event, while Smith and Pereira are T-22. Smith also recently earned a ticket to this year’s U.S. Amateur Championship after finishing second in a qualifier at San Joaquin CC.

Also carding a first round 70 was Tanner Hughes of Livermore.

Held on an annual basis since 1967, with roots dating back to 1901, the Pacific Coast Amateur Championship boasts a rich history of showcasing some of the most talented golfers in the United States and Canada. In recent years, players from across the world have sought to compete in the event. This year’s field includes players representing New Zealand, Chile, France and Australia.

Past champions of the Pacific Coast Amateur who have gone on to successful professional careers include PGA Tour winners Billy Mayfair (1987, 1988), Jason Gore (1997) and Ben Crane (1998) as well as Web.com Tour winners and brothers Michael Putnam (2004) and Andrew Putnam (2010).

July 18, 2014

The Northern California Golf Association will have a strong contingent in the field when the 48th playing of the Pacific Coast Amateur Championship gets underway Tuesday at the Pine Canyon Club in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Representing the NCGA in the Morse Cup competition portion of the championship, which takes the best two out three scores from each team over the first two rounds, will be Matt Hansen of Los Osos, Paul Smith of Turlock and Corey Pereira of Cameron Park.

Hansen has been on a tear the last two months. Along with advancing to U.S. Open Sectional qualifying, he made it to the semifinals of the California State Amateur Championship. In between those events, Hansen placed second at the Memorial Amateur Championship at Ancil Hoffman GC.

Smith, who plays at USC, also made it to Sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open, and was also a semifinalist at the California State Amateur Championship. Most recently, he earned a ticket to this year’s U.S. Amateur Championship after finishing second in a qualifier at San Joaquin CC.

As for Pereira, the University of Washington sophomore won the 2013 NCGA Junior Championship. This past season, he had five top-10 finishes for the Huskies.

Last year, the NCGA won the title with a score of 7-under 273. The NCGA squad, made up of Pace Johnson, Cory McElyea and Nick Moore, made its charge in the second round, shooting a 7-under 132.

Heading back to the City of Flagstaff for the first time since 2001, the par-72, 7272 yard Pine Canyon Club will be making Pacific Coast Amateur history with its inaugural hosting of the four-day, 72-hole, stroke play event. Hansen, Smith and Pereira will be challenged by a field packed with a number of other future, current and former NCAA standout athletes, some of who rank in the top 100 on the Scratch Players (S.P.) and World Amateur Rankings (WAGR).

“Our Championship takes pride in the strength of the field we invite to compete, ” stated Drew Woods, President of the Pacific Coast Golf Association. “There is no doubt the Pine Canyon Club will be a challenging yet fair test of golf for the contestants in this years’ Championship and we couldn’t be more excited for the 48th installment of the Pacific Coast Amateur to be hosted by the Arizona Golf Association in Flagstaff next week.”

Other Northern California players in the field are Joshua Baskins (Redding), Cody Blick (Danville), Andrew Buchanan (Los Altos), Dalan Refioglu (Foster City) and Owen Taylor (Sacramento). Baskins reached the Round of 16 at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship before falling.

“The Arizona Golf Association is proud to showcase the Pine Canyon Club to the players, caddies, parents, spectators and media visiting next week,” stated Ed Gowan, Executive Director of the Arizona Golf Association. “Arizona has always been known as a golfers paradise so to have such a prestigious Championship visit Flagstaff, the strength of our State’s golfing reputation will only continue to flourish.”

The field also includes former Cal State Fullerton Titan Mark Anguiano of Whittier, CA. Ranked No.24/65 in the world according to WAGR/S.P., Anguiano looks to add to his impressive 2014 campaign that has already included being named the Big West Male Golfer of the Year and recently where he was crowned the 2014 Sahalee Players Championship winner.

Other impressively ranked notables looking to make a splash in the highly touted field will be Jonathan Sanders of Chatsworth, CA (No. 90/202), Lorens Chan of Honolulu, HI (No. 98/67), Thomas Lim of Moorpark, CA (No. 109/119), Sam Saunders of Albuquerque, NM (No. 243/292) and Hans Reimers of Lake Oswego, OR (No. 145/111). Also in the field is the only former Pacific Coast Amateur champion in David Fink of Kailua, HI. Fink won the 2012 edition of the event at the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, OR. Last year’s champion Tyler Raber will not be defending, as he has since turned professional.

All players will be vying for the individual Ed Updegraff Trophy, named after the longtime volunteer and standout amateur golfer who played on three Walker Cup teams and was the 1999 Bob Jones Award recipient from the USGA. Also on the line is the 36-hole Morse Cup Team Trophy, to be contested concurrently with the individual competition over the first two days of play.

The determination of the Morse Cup winning team will be made following play on Wednesday. The defending champions of the Morse Cup are the contingent from the Northern California Golf Association.

Play for the Championship begins on Tuesday, July 22 at 7am with practice rounds being held the two days prior. Play will conclude with the eventual champion being crowed on Friday, July 25 2014.

Held on an annual basis since 1967, with roots dating back to 1901, the Pacific Coast Amateur Championship boasts a rich history of showcasing some of the most talented golfers in the United States and Canada. In recent years, players from across the world have sought to compete in the event, including this year when players will be representing New Zealand, Chile, France and Australia.

Past champions of the Pacific Coast Amateur who have gone on to successful professional careers include PGA Tour winners Billy Mayfair (1987, 1988), Jason Gore (1997) and Ben Crane (1998) as well as Web.com Tour winners and brothers Michael Putnam (2004) and Andrew Putnam (2010).

 

 

 

Author: rfarb

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