Tacoma, Wash. – The Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA) and Pierce County have announced that the 121st PNGA Men’s Amateur Championship will be held July 17-22, 2023 at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash. Registration is now open.
This will be the first time the region’s elite men’s amateur championship will be held at Chambers Bay, and it adds to the tradition of the municipal links-style layout on the shores of Puget Sound of hosting high-profile regional and national championships.
“We are honored to welcome the PNGA by hosting our first-ever Pacific Northwest Men’s Amateur Championship,” said Zac Keener, general manager of Chambers Bay. “We are proud to have tested some of the very best golfers in the world and couldn’t be more excited to crown another champion from a field of the best players from around the region. We are thankful for the consideration and ongoing partnership with the PNGA as well as Pierce County for their commitment to host championship golf at Chambers Bay.”
The championship will begin with a full field of 156 competitors playing 36 holes of stroke-play qualifying held on July 17-18, with the first round of qualifying held at The Home Course in nearby DuPont, and the second round being held at Chambers Bay. After the second round, the field will be cut to the low 64 players who then advance to single-elimination match play, with all matches being contested at Chambers Bay. Each match will be contested over 18 holes, with the exception of the Final match, which will be played over 36 holes.
“We are thrilled to bring a PNGA Championship to Chambers Bay for the first time,” said Nate Schroeder, PNGA director of rules and competition. “Chambers Bay is a world-class venue and in a short time has built an impressive track record of hosting elite amateur competition. We are honored to add the Pacific Northwest Men’s Amateur Championship to that list.”
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, 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.
The PNGA Men’s Amateur Championship is one of 12 major, regional, amateur championships for men, women, juniors, and seniors conducted annually by the PNGA throughout the Northwest.
About Chambers Bay
Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and opened in 2007, Chambers Bay is a municipal facility owned by Pierce County, and is open to the public. The course has already been the site of numerous state, regional, and national championships. It served as the host site for the 2010 U.S. Amateur, 2015 U.S. Open, 2021 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, and 2022 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championships. Other elite championships include the 2017 and 2021 Pacific Coast Amateur, and the 2013 and 2020 Washington Men’s Amateur. Announcements of future national championships coming to the course will soon be made. Visit www.chambersbaygolf.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.