Derek Bayley and Emmett Oh to Meet in Final Match at 116th PNGA Men's Amateur Championship
Creswell, Ore. – Derek Bayley of Rathdrum, Idaho and Emmett Oh of Calgary, Alta. will meet in the final match of the 116th Pacific Northwest Men’s Amateur Championship. The two players will tee off in their 36-hole match at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow, July 15, at Emerald Valley Golf & Resort in Creswell, Ore.
The championship is being conducted by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA).
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Bayley, the No. 7 seed, defeated Josh Gliege of Eagle, Idaho, 2 and 1 in this afternoon’s semifinal match. Earlier in the day, Bayley got past University of Oregon’s Edwin Yi, 2-up, in the quarterfinal match.
Bayley is a rising senior at Washington State University. He previously has won the 2016 Idaho State Amateur, and also the 2016 Rosauers Invitational, playing against the region’s professionals. He finished second in the 2016 Washington State Amateur, losing in a six-hole playoff. He also won the 2012 PNGA Men’s Amateur Public Links, and last week finished tied for 22nd in the Sahalee Players Championship.
Gliege is a rising sophomore at Texas A&M, and in 2015 was named the PNGA Junior Boys’ Player of the Year.
Oh, the No. 13 seed, defeated Brian Mogg of Sammamish, Wash. in this afternoon’s semifinal match, 1-up. Earlier in the day, Oh took down the No. 1 seed, Sam Foust, 2 and 1 in the quarterfinal match.
Oh is a recent graduate of the University of Houston. In the Round of 64 he defeated the 2014 PNGA Junior Boys’ Player of the Year, Graysen Huff of Eagle, Idaho; and in the Round of 16 he defeated Reid Hatley of Hayden Lake, Idaho, the two-time reigning PNGA Mid-Amateur Player of the Year.
The championship began with a full field of 168 players, 64 of whom advanced to the single-elimination match-play bracket after two rounds of stroke-play qualifying. Each match was then contested over 18 holes. However, tomorrow’s final match will be played over 36 holes.
First held in 1899, the Pacific Northwest Men’s Amateur is one of the oldest amateur golf championships in the world. Bayley and Oh will be competing 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 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.
Emerald Valley previously hosted the Pacific Northwest Men’s Amateur Championship in 2007, and also was the site of the 2014 Pacific Northwest Junior Boys’ Amateur. The course has also hosted U.S. Open qualifiers, most recently in 2014, as well as Oregon men’s amateurs, a U.S. Amateur qualifier last year and numerous high school state championships.
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 allied 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.