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Amateurs Converge on Seattle Golf Club

Arnold Palmer layout acts as host for historic event; 87-player field all seeking the opportunity to raise Dr. Ed Updegraff Trophy as champion after 72 holes of stroke play

The 50th Pacific Coast Amateur Championship, hosted by the Washington State and Pacific Northwest golf associations, will take place at historic Seattle Golf Club from July 26-29, 2016.

Founded in 1900 with a 1996 redesign by Arnold Palmer, Seattle Golf Club has a history well deserving of hosting the Pacific Coast Amateur’s 50th installment, including the 1952 U.S. Amateur, 1961 Walker Cup, 1981 U.S. Senior Amateur and three Pacific Coast Amateurs (1967, 1987, 1999).
A world-class roster of amateur competitors will be taking part in the 72-hole, four-day stroke play competition in the hopes of raising the Dr. Ed Updegraff Trophy as champion. Without a defending champion, following Aaron Wise’s departure to the professional ranks, the trophy and accolades coupled with victory are up for grabs.
“Seattle Golf Club is going to be a fantastic venue for our 50th year,” stated Troy Andrew, executive director of the Pacific Coast Golf Association, the organizing body for the championship.
“The club has been preparing with vigor over the last number of months before we arrive. The generosity of their membership and the professionalism of their staff have been truly first class throughout the planning stages of the event. Not only are we excited to see the 50th event in our history get underway but I think the Club is just as excited to see their picturesque property hold up against the world’s best amateurs.”
The field is headlined by 2015 Trans-Miss champion Collin Morikawa of La Canada-Flintridge, Calif., the World No. 1-ranked amateur according to Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking. Morikawa, a sophomore at UC-Berkeley, has quickly shot up the world rankings since finishing T27 at the Pacific Coast Amateur in Eugene one year ago.
Not to be forgotten as an early favorite is two-time Trans-Miss and U.S. Junior champion Will Zalatoris of Plano, Tex. Playing in the Pacific Coast Amateur for the second consecutive year, the Wake Forest standout ranked 13th by Scratch Players is hoping to build off an impressive T4 showing in last year’s championship to add another title to his growing résumé.
Past champion Corey Pereira of Cameron Park, Calif.; Rico Hoey of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; Derek Bayley of Rathdrum, Idaho; and Woodlands, Texas native Frederick Wedel round out the early top-100 North American favorites.
Differing from years past, the 50th Pacific Coast Amateur has an incredibly strong international presence, with representation from seven different countries outside of North America, including Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, England, the Philippines, Thailand and the Republic of South Korea. Many players with international backgrounds sit within the top-100 in the world.
Leading the way for the international contingent is a familiar face in KK Limbhasut of Bangkok, Thailand. Limbhasut held his own on a jam-packed leaderboard of talent at last year’s event, finishing 19th and is sure to be a favorite come Friday afternoon.
Other international players of note with accomplishments garnering Presidential Invitations into the field are a quartet of Australians including 2015 PNGA Men’s Amateur champion Anthony Quayle of the Gold Coast, 2015 Australian Amateur champion Cameron Davis of Sydney, Brett Coletta of Melbourne and Ferntree Gully’s Cameron John. There are a total of 10 players from Australia in the field.
Eight Washington residents will be competing in the field, including Andrew Whalen of Ephrata, Tom Brandes of Bellevue, Frank Garber of Kirkland, Eric Ansett of Spokane, Alistair Docherty of Vancouver, and a trio of Seattleites in Chris Babcock, Mike Wagner and Shawn McEachern. A Seattle Golf Club member, McEachern gained entry to the field by way of winning the Seattle Golf Club host qualifying spot.
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 (1963, 1965, 1969), won the inaugural Pacific Coast Amateur title at Seattle Golf Club in 1967 and was the 1999 Bob Jones Award recipient from the USGA.
Taking place concurrently with the first and second rounds will be the battle for the Morse Cup, a 36-hole stroke play team competition using predetermined rosters representing the 15 member associations of the Pacific Coast Golf Association. The defending champions of the Morse Cup are the contingent from the Northern California Golf Association.
Play for the 72-hole stroke play championship will begin on Tuesday, July 26 at 7:30 a.m. with practice rounds and a players’ banquet being held on Monday, July 25. Play will conclude with the individual champion being crowned on Friday, July 29.
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.
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 Tour winners and brothers Michael Putnam (2004) and Andrew Putnam (2010). The last player to win at Seattle Golf Club was Ryan LaVoie in 1999.
For more information on the championship, visit Spectators and media are welcome to attend with entrance being free of charge.
The Pacific Coast Amateur Championship is one of the oldest and most prestigious amateur golf championships in North America. The first tournament was held on the links of San Francisco Golf Club at The Presidio in 1901. After being played until 1911, The Pacific Coast Amateur then ceased to exist, only to be reconstituted at Seattle Golf Club in 1967. Today, 15 member Pacific Rim golf associations comprise the Pacific Coast Golf Association.

Women’s PGA Championship Slated for Sahalee

Tickets for 2016 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship Now Available.
Sahalee becomes the second Washington state site to host a U.S. women’s major.

Tickets for the 2016 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship to be held at Sahalee Country Club from June 7-12, 2016, are now on sale.

Ticket prices for the Championship range from $10 for each practice round (June 7 – 8) to $75 for a six-day weeklong pass.

Ticket options include:

  • Practice Rounds (Tuesday & Wednesday, $10 each day)
  • Weekday Championship Grounds (Thursday & Friday, $20 each day)
  • Weekend Championship Grounds (Saturday & Sunday, $25 each day)
  • “Good Any Day” Flex Ticket ($30 for choice of one-day access)
  • Weekly Pass ($75 for grounds access all six days)

Complimentary access to the Championship will be available to active duty military, retirees, active reserve, National Guard, DoD Civilians and their accompanying spouse.  Juniors (age 17 and younger), when accompanied by a ticketed adult, will also receive complimentary access. Military personnel (with identification card), and Junior tickets will be distributed on site at the Admissions & Will Call office on the day of admission.

The official ticket launch was staged alongside the annual University of Washington vs Washington State “Apple Cup” football game on Friday, Nov. 27.  As part of the festivities, LPGA Tour veteran and Golf Channel studio analyst Paige Mackenzie, a former All-American at the University of Washington, hit a precision shot at the Rainier Vista on the UW campus, winning one complimentary “Good Any Day” Flex Ticket for all in attendance at Husky Stadium.

In addition, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship made a $10,000 donation to the University of Washington’s women’s golf program.

Spectators at Sahalee will be part of a new era in golf history, with this being only the second year that a women’s major championship is being run by the PGA of America, which operates the annual PGA Championship and bi-annual Ryder Cup competition. The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, held last June at Westchester Country Club in Harrison, N.Y., was won for a third consecutive year by Inbee Park.

Sahalee Country Club, site of the 1998 PGA Championship and the 2010 U.S. Senior Open, as well as the 2002 WGC-NEC Championship, becomes the second Washington state site to host a U.S. women’s major. In 1946, Spokane County Club hosted the inaugural U.S. Women’s Open.

The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship — a collaboration between the PGA of America, KPMG and the LPGA Tour — continues the rich tradition of the LPGA Championship. Broadcast in partnership with NBC and Golf Channel, the Championship offers a purse among the highest in women’s golf.  It combines a world-class, annual major golf championship with a women’s leadership summit and an ongoing charitable initiative – all focused on the development, advancement and empowerment of women on and off the golf course.

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Big Sky Recognized by Pacific Northwest Golfer Magazine

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Par-5 18th hole selected as one of the ‘Great Holes of the Northwest’

In the November 2015 issue of Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine, the par-5 18th hole at Big Sky Golf Club in Pemberton, B.C. is recognized as one of the “Great Holes of the Northwest,” one of just four holes selected each year by the Northwest’s largest and longest-running golf publication.

Not overly long at 546 yards from the back tees, this finishing hole has water that runs the length of the fairway on the right side, with a finger of the hazard crossing from right to left 40 yards in front of the green, which, along with a massive wrap-around bunker protecting the approach from all angles, prevents most players from attempting to reach the green in two shots. The course is known for large greens with closely-shaved surrounds, and the 18th is one of the largest of the layout.

Big Sky has been the site of numerous regional championships, and in 2016 will play host to the Pacific Northwest Senior Men’s Amateur Championship, to be held June 7-9 and conducted by the Pacific Northwest Golfer Association.

Designed by Robert Cupp, Big Sky has garnered numerous accolades since its opening in 1994, including being recently ranked by Golf Digest as one of the top 30 public golf courses in Canada for 2015-2016, a ranking it has received the past three years. It was also rated the No. 1 public access course in British Columbia for 2012 by the PGA of BC. Cupp was the senior designer at Nicklaus Design before forming his own company in the mid-1980s. He has since designed over 140 courses around the world, seven of which have hosted major championships. For more information, visit