Sandpoint, Idaho – The 119th PNGA Men’s Amateur Championship is being held this week at The Idaho Club in Sandpoint, Idaho, and is being conducted by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA).
The championship begins with 36 holes of stroke-play qualifying held on July 26-27, followed by a cut to the low 64 players who will advance to single-elimination match play.
The round of 64 will be held Wednesday, July 28, followed by the rounds of 32 and 16 on Thursday, and quarterfinals and semifinals on Friday, with the championship match on Saturday, July 31. Each match will be contested over 18 holes, with the exception of the final match, which will be played over 36 holes.
One of the oldest amateur golf 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.
Past champions include names such as Tiger Woods, Jeff Quinney, Ben Crane, Jeff Coston, Nick Flanagan, Jim McLean and Pacific Northwest Golf Hall of Famers Chandler Egan, Harry Givan, Jack Westland, Bud Ward and George Holland, among many others.
Some of the players to watch for in this year’s championship:
- Josh McCollum of Upland, Calif. – runner-up in the 2019 PNGA Men’s Amateur; qualified for the 2018 and 2019 U.S. Amateur championships.
- Sean Kato of Redmond, Wash. – won the 2020 Washington Men’s Amateur; qualified for the 2021 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball and 2021 U.S. Amateur.
- Mateo Fuenmayor of Beaverton, Ore. – former No. 1-ranked junior golfer in Oregon, now a rising sophomore on the Oregon State University men’s golf team; qualified for the 2021 U.S. Amateur.
- Drew Warford of Snoqualmie, Wash. – two-time winner of the PNGA Junior Boys’ Amateur, is now a rising sophomore on the University of Washington men’s golf team.
- Ethan Evans of Mercer Island, Wash. – won 2019 WIAA 3A High School state title as a freshman; won the 2020 Washington Junior State Championship.
The PNGA Men’s Amateur Championship is one of 11 major, regional, amateur championships for men, women, juniors, and seniors conducted annually by the PNGA throughout the Northwest.
About The Idaho Club
Opened in 2008, the course at The Idaho Club is Idaho’s only Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. It is surrounded by picturesque sub-ranges of the Rocky Mountains along the shores of Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho’s largest and deepest lake. The Idaho Club is just minutes from the town of Sandpoint, recently rated one of the “Top Ten small towns in the Western U.S.” by Sunset Magazine. Visit theidahoclub.com for more information.
About the Pacific Northwest Golf Association
The PNGA was founded on February 4, 1899. It is a 501c3 charitable, international, amateur golf association dedicated to preserving the true spirit of golf by supporting its member associations, conducting quality championships, and promoting activities beneficial to golfers in the Pacific Northwest. For more than a century, the Association has been a pioneer in developing competitions and services and its mission has grown and evolved. Today, the PNGA remains committed to being a truly regional organization providing benefits and services to its members and member clubs throughout the Northwest.