Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore. is set to host the most talented male amateur golfers in the Pacific Northwest and beyond on July 6-11 for the 112th Pacific Northwest Men’s Amateur Championship, conducted by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA). The championship, which has a full field of 168 players, begins with 36 holes of stroke-play qualifying held on July 6-7, followed by a cut to the low 64 players who will advance to single elimination match play.
The championship will be played alternately on the resort’s Bandon Trails and Bandon Dunes courses.
One of the oldest amateur championships in the world, players will compete for the Macan Cup, which is named after legendary golf course designer A.V. Macan, a member of the Pacific Northwest Golf Hall of Fame and winner of this championship in 1913.
This years’ field is headlined by several notable contenders, including Oregon State University players Matt Rawitzer of Bellingham, Wash. and Nick Chianello of Gresham, Ore. Rawitzer was co-Medalist at the 2011 championship, and Chianello recently took home his second consecutive Oregon Amateur Championship title. Another contender is Cameron Peck of Olympia, Wash. who won the Washington State Amateur earlier this month, and who won the 2008 U.S. Junior Amateur.
Also in the field is defending champion Shotaro Ban of San Jose, Calif. A freshman on the formidable University of California-Berkeley golf team, which was ranked the No. 1 team in the country for much of the year, Ban defeated Carl Jonson 5 and 4 last year at Wine Valley Golf Club in Walla Walla, Wash. Jonson, of Bainbridge Island, Wash. and now a sophomore at UNLV, will be paired with Ban during the two stroke-play qualifying rounds this weekend.
Past champions include Tiger Woods, Jeff Quinney, Ben Crane, Jeff Coston, Nick Flanagan, Jim McLean and PNGA Hall of Famers Chandler Egan, Harry Givan, Jack Westland, Bud Ward and George Holland, among others. After winning the 1994 championship, Woods said, “The PNGA Men’s Amateur will always be very special to me since it’s my first men’s amateur victory.”