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Walker Cup Captain to Speak at Pacific Coast Amateur
TRUCKEE, CALIF., July 12, 2011 – Jim Holtgrieve, captain of the 2011 United States Walker Cup team, will attend the 45th Pacific Coast Amateur Championship and speak at the Players’ Dinner on Monday, July 25. The championship will be played July 26-29 at Martis Camp Club, a dramatic Tom Fazio-designed course overlooking the northwest shore of Lake Tahoe.
Begun in 1921, the Walker Cup – the most prestigious international team event in amateur golf – is a biennial competition played between 10-man teams from the U.S. and Great Britain and Ireland. The 42nd renewal of the matches will be played Sept. 9-10 at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club.
The Pacific Coast Amateur has frequently been one of the tournaments used by the United States Golf Association in selecting its team. Nearly 40 Pacific Coast Amateur contestants, including 11 former champions, have played on Walker Cup teams in the past.
Holtgrieve, one of the United States’ most decorated amateur golfers, won the inaugural USGA Mid-Amateur championship in 1981 and represented the U.S. in winning Walker Cup teams 1979, 1881, 1983, where he had a combined record of 6-4. He also represented the USA on two victorious World Amateur Championship squads, in 1980 and 1982. A semifinalist at the 1980 U.S. Amateur and runner-up at the 1983 British Amateur, Holtgrieve won numerous state and district amateur titles in Missouri and played in five Masters Tournaments as an amateur, making the cut three times. He also qualified for the 1978 U.S. Open.
The Pacific Coast Amateur, one of the nation’s premiere amateur golf events, is a 72-hole stroke play championship played without a cut. The field is comprised of amateur golfers from the 15 associations that make up the Pacific Coast Golf Association and a select number of invitees from around the world.
This year’s field includes defending champion Andrew Putnam of University Place Wash.; 2011; Chris Williams of Moscow, Idaho who just won the prestigious Sahalee Players Championship in Sammamish, Wash. and competed at the U.S. Open; New Zealand Amateur champion Matthew Perry of Hamilton, NZ; Derek Ernst of Clovis, Calif., runner-up in this year’s U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship at Bandon Dunes GC in Oregon; 2005 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Kevin Marsh of Henderson, Nev.; and Anthony Paloucci of Del Mar. Calif., the 2010 AJGA Rolex Player of the Year and one of the nation’s top juniors.
Putnam – who recently completed his senior year at Pepperdine University and is one of those vying for the U.S. Walker Cup – fired a 7-under-par 277 last year at Eugene (Ore.) CC to join his brother, 2004 champion Michael, as the second brother combination to win the prestigious event (Alex Prugh, in 2005, and Corey Prugh, in 2001, were the first).
Putnam finished four shots in front of Daniel Merniecki of Santee, Calif., while Cameron Peck of Olympic, Wash., the 2008 U.S. Junior Amateur Champion, tied for third. Miernicki was a member of this year’s victorious Palmer Cup squad that defeated Europe last month in Sandwich, England and was a quarterfinalist at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship earlier this month.
Each of the 15 PCGA associations name a three-man team for the Morse Cup tussle where the top two of the three scores in each of the first two rounds count for the team total. The Pacific Northwest Golf Association team – comprised of Putnam, Peck and Williams is the defending team champion.
ABOUT THE PACIFIC COAST AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
Although its present history dates only 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, 16 member Pacific Rim golf associations comprise the Pacific Coast Golf Association. For more information visit www.pacificcoastamateur.com
ABOUT MARTIS CAMP
Martis Camp Club in Truckee, Calif., site of the upcoming 45th Pacific Coast Amateur Championship on July 26-29, 2011, has been named No. 50 on Golfweek’s latest edition of “Best Modern Courses.” It’s the first time the Tom Fazio-designed course, which opened in 2008, has been ranked in the prestigious list.
Martis Camp Club’s Golfweek ranking was even more significant because the average score from the publication’s raters of 7.33 (on a scale of 10) was the same as the scores for the club ranked No. 49 and just 1/100 of a point below the next three courses on the list. In 2009, Martis Camp Club was named No. 3 “Best New Course” by Golf Digest. Other accolades include including the “Best New Private Courses” by Links Magazine and “Top 10 New Private Courses” by Golf Magazine in 2008.
The Martis Camp development is a private, gated ski and golf resort community developed by DMB/Highlands Management Group, which has also created several other nationally acclaimed golf communities including Forest Highlands Golf Club in Flagstaff, Ariz. which enthusiastically hosted Pacific Coast Amateur Championships in 1991 and 2001.