Bremerton, Wash. – Sebastian Moss of Pearland, Tex. shot rounds of 62-75, and won a two-hole playoff to earn medalist honors and the No. 1 seed heading into match play at the 120th PNGA Men’s Amateur Championship, hosted this week at Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash.
The top 64 players have advanced and the format will now be 18-hole single-elimination match play starting Wednesday, July 27, with the 36-hole final match being contested on Saturday, July 30.
Tomorrow’s round of 64 will be 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, held on the Olympic Course.
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Moss entered the day with a three-shot cushion, after setting the course record on the Gold Mountain Cascade Course with an 8-under 62 in yesterday’s opening round. He fired a 3-over par 75 today on the Gold Mountain Olympic Course and found himself tied atop the leaderboard after today’s round with Jaden Cantafio of Orange, Calif. and Spencer Clapp of Renton, Wash.
The three players competed in a playoff for medalist honors and Moss came out on top after two holes.
“It feels pretty good (to earn medalist honors), it was a long last two days,” said Moss, “it feels good to get some momentum going into match play.”
Moss just finished his freshman year as a member of the University of Louisville men’s golf team. In 2021 he qualified for and played in both the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Junior Amateur championships.
“Yesterday I putted it really well and I hit it well every day,” said Moss, “didn’t putt it as well today, but I still hit it good enough to shoot a good round, and then my putter saved me in the playoff at the end.”
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.
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.