James Grierson of Australia narrowly defeated the No. 64 seeded Alex Park of Vancouver, B.C. 1-up in the Round of 64 match at the 115th Pacific Northwest Men’s Amateur Championship, being held at Wine Valley Golf Club in Walla Walla, Wash.
Park, the underdog, gave Grierson a good match, pulling All Square with him with birdies on holes 14 and 15, but bogeyed the 470-yard par-4 17th to fall one down. Both players then birdied the par-5 18th, with the match going to Grierson.
The championship is being conducted by Pacific Northwest Golf Association.
Rounds of 32 and 16 in the match-play bracket will be held tomorrow, July 21.
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 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 Pacific Northwest Men’s Amateur Championship is one of 15 major, regional, amateur championships for men, women, juniors, and seniors conducted annually by the PNGA throughout the Northwest.
Wine Valley previously hosted the Pacific Northwest Men’s Amateur Championship in 2012, and also was the site of the 2013 Pacific Northwest Women’s Amateur.