Pacific Coast Amateur Begins; @ASUMensGolf Present
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2013-14 SUN DEVILS IN THE 2014 PACIFIC COAST AMATEUR
--Southpaw Nicolo Galletti (Pleasanton, Calif.) played in nine tournaments in his freshman season of 2013-14 and had a 73.00 scoring average. He tied for 18th at the Sam Houston State Funston Invitational and tied for 19th at the Snowman Getaway. His best round of the year was a 67 in the final round of the Cowboy Classic on April 8 held at Talking Stick-North in Scottsdale.
--Austin Quick will be a senior this year and is a local product from Chaparral High School in Scottsdale. He has played in 36 tournaments in his three-year career and has a 73.56 scoring average, including a career-best 72.30 this past season. He posted par or better in 21-of-40 rounds this past season, the third-best mark by a Sun Devil in the past seven seasons. He also had 117 birdies in 2013-14, second on the team.
--Alberto Sanchez of Nogales, Arizona, had his 2013-14 sophomore season cut short due to injury, one that started with a sixth-place showing at Kikkor Husky Invitational back in September. He has played in 18 collegiate events and has a 73.51 stroke average. He posted part or better in 10 of 18 rounds this past season en route to a 72.00 stroke average.
--Sophomore Ki Taek Lee of Palm Desert, California, played in six events in his freshman season of 2013-14 and tied for 11th at the ASU/Thunderbird Invitational in March that included a 67 in the first round. He also shot a 69 at The Prestige at PGA WEST
The par-72, 7272 yard Jay Morrish designed Pine Canyon Club will see the top-ranked world amateurs compete in a 72-hole, four-day stroke play competition, for the chance to raise the Dr. Ed Updegraff trophy as champion of one of the Pacific Coast's most historic golfing events. Heading back to the City of Flagstaff for the first time since 2001 when Corey Prugh won at Forest Highlands Golf Club, the Pine Canyon Club will be making Pacific Coast Amateur history with its inaugural hosting of the event.
Sun Devils have done well in the past at this event. Chandler product Chan Kim won the 43rd title as a 19-year-old Sun Devil by one shot at The Gallery Golf Club in Tucson in 2009. Kim was the 2008 Arizona Amateur and 2007 Hawaii Amateur champion.
Scott Johnson, a member of ASU's 1996 NCAA Championship squad and the 1997 Pac-10 champion, took home the honor in 1996. Todd Demsey won the 1993 Pacific Coast Amateur in Vancouver, B.C., and was the NCAA champion that same season. He also won the 1995 ASU Thunderbird Intercollegiate 1994 U.S. Intercollegiate and Nike Southwestern Intercollegiate and the 1993 Taylor Made/Big Island Invitational.
Billy Mayfair was a first-time All-American in 1987-88, a second-team pick in 1986 and an honorable mention pick in 1985. He won the Pacific Coast both in 1987-88. Tony Grimes won the PCA in 1982 at Eugene Country Club in the middle of becoming a third-team All-American in 1982 and a honorable mention pick in 1981.
PAST SUN DEVILS WHO WON THE PACIFIC COAST AMATEUR
2009: Chan Kim, Chandler, Ariz.--The Gallery Golf Club (Tucson, Arizona)
1996: Scott Johnson, Kennewick, Wash.--Poppy Hills Golf Club (Pebble Beach, California)
1993: Todd Demsey, San Diego, Calif.--Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club (Vancouver, B.C.)
1988: Billy Mayfair, Phoenix, Ariz.--Bear Creek Golf Club (Denver, Colorado)
1987: Billy Mayfair, Phoenix, Ariz.--Seattle Golf Club (Seattle, Washington)
1982: Tony Grimes, Phoenix, Ariz.--Eugene Country Club (Eugene, Oregon)
All players will be vying for the individual Ed Updegraff Trophy, named after the longtime volunteer and standout amateur golfer who played on three Walker Cup teams (1963, 1965 & 1969), won the 1967 Pacific Coast Amateur title and was the 1999 Bob Jones Award recipient from the USGA. Play for the 72-hole stroke play Championship will begin on Tuesday, July 22 at 7 a.m. with practice rounds being held the two days prior. Play will conclude with the eventual champion being crowned on Friday, July 25, 2014.
Held on an annual basis since 1967, with roots dating back to 1901, the Pacific Coast Amateur Championship boasts a rich history of showcasing some of the most talented golfers in the United States and Canada. In recent years, players from across the world have sought to compete in the event, including this year when players will be representing New Zealand, Chile, France and Australia.
ABOUT THE PACIFIC COAST AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
Although its present history only dates from 1967, the Pacific Coast Amateur Championship's roots make it one of the oldest amateur golf championships in American history. The first tournament was held on the links of San Francisco Golf Club at The Presidio, April 24-27, 1901. Championships were held annually through 1911, all being conducted in California except for the 1909 championship, which was held at Seattle Golf Club in Washington. The Pacific Coast Amateur then ceased to exist, only to be reconstituted at Seattle Golf Club on August 10-12, 1967 with the Pacific Northwest, Northern California, Southern California, Oregon and Arizona golf associations participating. Today, 15 member Pacific Rim golf associations comprise the Pacific Coast Golf Association. For more information visit www.pacificcoastamateur.com or follow on social media @pacificcoastam using #PACCoast
ABOUT PINE CANYON
Located adjacent to the Coconino National Forest, Pine Canyon is a 600+-acre, private, luxury golf course community in the high country of Flagstaff, Arizona. Offering stunning views of the San Francisco Peaks, Pine Canyons boasts an award-winning 35,000-square-foot clubhouse and 18-hole championship golf course designed by renowned golf course architect Jay Morrish. Real estate offerings at Pine Canyon include detached mountain cabins, paired homes, townhome trios and custom estate homes and homesites. Pine Canyon is a development of The True Life Companies. The Pine Canyon golf course and clubhouse are professionally managed by Troon Golf.
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