University Place, Wash. – The 121st PNGA Men’s Amateur Championship is being held at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash. this week, July 17-22.
The championship begins with a full field of 156 competitors playing 36 holes of stroke-play qualifying held on July 17-18, followed by a cut to the low 64 players who will advance to single-elimination match play.
The stroke-play qualifying will be held at The Home Course in DuPont, Wash. on July 17, and at Chambers Bay on July 18. All matches will then be contested at Chambers Bay.
The round of 64 will be held Wednesday, July 19; followed by the rounds of 32 and 16 on Thursday; the quarterfinals and semifinals on Friday; and the championship match on Saturday, July 22. Each match will be contested over 18 holes, with the exception of the final match, which will be played over 36 holes.
First held in 1899, the PNGA Men’s Amateur is 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.
This year marks one of the strongest international fields in the championship’s long history. Some of the players to watch this year:
- Alfred Raja (Corvallis, Ore.) – won 2021 PNGA Men’s Amateur; rising redshirt junior on the Oregon State University men’s golf team
- Taehoon Song (Seattle, Wash.) – finished 2nd at the 2022 Husky Invitiational; finished 4th at the 2023 Washington Men’s Amateur; rising senior on the University of Washington State men’s golf team; currently ranked No. 350 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR)
- Jace Minni (Delta, B.C.) – won the 2022 Washington Men’s Amateur; qualified for the 2023 U.S. Amateur; finished 2nd at the 2023 B.C. Amateur; rising senior on the Gonzaga University men’s golf team
- Jack Cantlay (Los Alamitos, Calif.) – made the Round of 16 at the 2022 U.S. Junior Amateur; holds the lowest nine-hole score in the history of the U.S. Junior Amateur (28); rising sophomore on the Long Beach State University men’s golf team; younger brother of eight-time PGA TOUR winner Patrick Cantlay
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 Chambers Bay
Chambers Bay opened in 2007 and was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. Owned by Pierce County, the municipal course has already been the site of numerous regional and national championships, including the 2010 U.S. Amateur and becoming the first course in the Pacific Northwest to host the U.S. Open, which it did in 2015. It also hosted the 2021 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball and the 2022 U.S. Women’s Amateur. Chambers Bay has twice hosted the Washington Men’s Amateur (2013, 2020) and the Pacific Coast Amateur (2017, 2021). The Home Course has served as the assisting course to Chambers Bay for two USGA national championships. Visit chambersbaygolf.com and thehomecourse.com for more information.