Andersen, McCarty and Walicki Set to Represent the AGA at the 53rd Pacific Coast Amateur Championship
The 53rd Pacific Coast Amateur Championship is set to kick off at the Championship Course at the University of New Mexico. Headed by a number of state, provincial and regional golf associations from throughout the western United States and Canada and presidential invites, the field of 90 is comprised of 23 of the top 200 world ranked amateurs. Mason Andersen, Matthew McCarty and Adam Walicki will represent the Arizona Golf Association in the premier 72-hole stroke-play event.
Mason Andersen, 20, of Chandler, will be playing in his third Pacific Coast Amateur. The Arizona State standout and 2017 AGA Player of the Year recorded eight top-20 finishes his sophomore season, including a victory at Lamkin Grips SD Classic. Andersen, who qualified for the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills, will make his way to Pinehurst at the end of this month to play in his fourth consecutive U.S. Amateur Championship.
Santa Clara senior, Matthew McCarty, 21, of Scottsdale, is competing in his first Pacific Coast Amateur. The two-time First Team All-WCC golfer had a solid junior season after racking up 7 top-15 finishes. McCarty played in all 11 events, posting the lowest stroke average (71.26) on his team.
Adam Walicki, 39, of Phoenix, will also be testing the greens at the Pacific Coast Amateur. Among the 2018 AGA Player of the Year’s AGA accomplishments during 2018 and 2019, are three victories, three second places finishes, a third-place finish at the AGA Stroke Play Championship and a spot in the U.S. Mid-Amateur field.
Among the Presidential invites are Arizona residents Michael Feagles, Preston Summerhays, and Zach Smith. Preston Summerhays is coming right off perhaps the most impressive victory of his amateur career, a win at the 2019 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.
Arizona Golf Association Executive Director, Ed Gowan, and past AGA and Pacific Coast Golf Association President, Drew Woods, serve as trustees on the Rules Committee of the Pacific Coast Golf Association. Gowan was the PCGA executive director for ten years.
The Sun Country Amateur Golf Association (SCAGA) will conduct the 53rd Pacific Coast Amateur Championship, July 23-26, 2019. For the first time in history, the Pacific Coast Amateur will be played in New Mexico. This is a 72-hole event contested over four days with a 54-hole cut. The 2018 champion, Isaiah Salinda, who is joined by a list of distinguished champions, will be returning to the 2019 field.
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