Bremerton, Wash. – The 120th PNGA Men’s Amateur Championship is being held this week at Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash. and is being conducted by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA).
The championship begins with a full field of 156 competitors playing 36 holes of stroke-play qualifying held on July 25-26, followed by a cut to the low 64 players who will advance to single-elimination match play.
The stroke-play qualifying will be held on Gold Mountain’s Olympic and Cascade courses, one round played on each.
The round of 64 will be held Wednesday, July 27, held on the Cascade Course; followed by the rounds of 32 and 16 on Thursday, held on the Olympic Course; and quarterfinals and semifinals on Friday held on the Cascade Course; with the championship match on Saturday, July 30, held on the Olympic Course. Each match will be contested over 18 holes, with the exception of the final match, which will be played over 36 holes.
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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:
- Sean Kato (Redmond, Wash.) – won the 2020 Washington Men’s Amateur; qualified for the 2021 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball and 2021 U.S. Amateur; senior at Oregon State University.
- Colten Kleis (Seattle, Wash.) – made the round of 16 at last year’s PNGA Men’s Amateur; selected to the WA Golf Team in the 2022 PNGA Lamey Cup.
- Reid Hatley (Hayden Lake, Idaho) – named the WA Golf Men’s Mid-Amateur Player of the Year six times; won the 2019 Washington Men’s Amateur.
- Nathan Cogswell (Kent, Wash.) – won the 2020 Northwest Open, competing against the region’s PGA professionals; named the 2020 WA Golf Men’s Player of the Year; tied for seventh at this year’s Washington Men’s Amateur.
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 Gold Mountain Golf Club
A municipal facility owned by the city of Bremerton, Gold Mountain Golf Club consists of two 18-hole championship courses, the Olympic and the Cascade. The Olympic Course has been the site of numerous local, regional and national championships, including the 2006 U.S. Amateur Public Links and 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur (won by Jordan Spieth). It has also been the site of several USGA national championship qualifiers, and hosted the Washington Men’s Amateur in 2007 and 2021. Visit goldmountaingolf.com for 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 to more than 200,000 individuals through its member associations.