After Round 1 of the 45th Pacific Coast Amateur Championship four SCGA members find themselves tied for 8th place after a tough day on the Martis Camp course. Jeffrey Kang of USC, Michael Kim, Greg Moss (pictured) and Anton Arboleda of UCLA all shot rounds of 71 one-under par to end the first day of competition four-strokes back of the lead.
The 21-year-old Derek Ernst, runner-up in this year's U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship and one of the players reportedly under consideration for this year's Walker Cup team, fired a 5-under-par 67 today over the scenic 7,766-yard Tom Fazio-designed Martis Camp Club layout and shares the first-round lead with 25-year-old Mitchell Evernecz of Red Deer, Alberta. The two set the competitive course record at Martis Camp Club, which opened in 2008.
Defending champion Andrew Putnam of University Place, Wash., is tied for eighth after shooting 1-under-par 71. Putnam is bidding to become the first repeat champion since Billy Mayfair in 1987-88.
The Alberta Golf Association sits in a tie with the Colorado GA for the lead after the first round of the Morse Cup Team Competition, which is held concurrently with the first two rounds of the individual championship.
Each of the 15 associations that make up the Pacific Coast Golf Association (which conducts the championship) names three players in advance of the tournament as its representatives. With the best two of three scores counting for the team totals, Colorado GA and Alberta GA finished at 141, a shot in front of the Northern California GA.
The SCGA's team, made up of Nick Delio, Daniel Miernicki and Anthony Paolucci, struggled Monday, posting scores of two-over par, seven-over par and six-over par, respectively.
The 72-hole championship continues with play through Friday. Live scoring can be found at www.pacificcoastamateur.com.