The 94th Washington Men’s Amateur Championship is set to take place August 11-13 at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash. The championship will consist of 54 holes of stroke play, with the field cut to the low 60 players and ties after 36 holes. The three-day championship is being conducted by Washington Golf (WA Golf).
The first tee time for the first round is 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 11. First round pairings and tee times can be found using the links below.
Links to scoring will be available on the WA Golf website. For live updates and to stay connected with the championship on social media follow @PlayWAGolf on Instagram and Twitter and use the hashtag #WAGolfMensAm.
The state’s premier men’s amateur championship, which is a counting event toward the World Amateur Golf Ranking, traditionally attracts the region’s finest players.
This year’s championship received more than 400 entries from those vying for a spot in the field of 120 who will compete in the championship proper. There were 51 players who had accepted an exemption into the championship based on criteria previously set forth, and four 18-hole qualifiers were held around the state – at Gold Mountain (Olympic) in Bremerton, Kalispel Golf and Country Club in Spokane, The Home Course in DuPont and Wine Valley GC in Walla Walla – to fill out the remainder of the final field of 120.
Last year, Reid Hatley of Hayden Lake, Idaho won the championship, held at Palouse Ridge in Pullman, Wash. The win would propel Hatley, who was 38-years-old at the time, to be named the WA Golf Men’s Mid-Amateur Player of the Year, the fifth consecutive year he has received that honor.
Hatley is not in the field this year as he joins 2017 Washington Men’s Amateur Champion Joe Highsmith of Lakewood and 2018 champion RJ Manke of Lakewood in competing at the 120th U.S. Amateur Championship, held August 10-16 at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore.
Some of the notable names in this year’s strong field include:
John Sand (Hoquiam) – Runner-up at the 2019 Washington Men’s Amateur, and won the 2016 Washington Men’s Champion of Champions.
Cody Roth (Bellingham) – Last month won the Washington Parent-Child Championship (with his father, Craig; their fifth title in the event). Craig Roth has also qualified to be in the field.
Drew Warford (Snoqualmie) – Two-time winner of the Pacific Northwest Junior Boys’ Amateur, and two-time 4A High School individual state champion.
Nate Hair (Edwall) – Won the 2014 Pacific Northwest Master-40. Wife Wendy Ward plays on the LPGA Tour.
Mateo Fuenmayor (Beaverton, Ore.) – 2019 PNWPGA Junior Boys’ Champion, No. 1-ranked junior golfer in Oregon, committed to Oregon State Univ.
Carl Jonson (Seattle) – Finished runner-up in 2012 Pacific Northwest Men’s Am, was semifinalist in 2013 Pacific Northwest Men’s Am. Played four years on UNLV men’s golf team.
Blake Kukula (Ocean Park) – Won three consecutive 1B/2B High School individual state championships. Will play for Seattle University as a freshman in the fall.
Colt Sherrell (Maple Valley) – A rising junior playing for the University of Idaho men’s golf team, last month finished runner-up in the Idaho State Amateur. In 2018 was named Washington Junior Golf Association Player of the Year.
Past champions of the Washington Men’s Amateur include Fred Couples, Alex Prugh, Brock Mackenzie, Chris Williams, Kermit Zarley, John Bodenhamer, and Pacific Northwest Golf Hall of Famers Al Mengert, Bud Ward, Jack Westland and Harry Givan, among many others.
Opened in 2007 and designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. Architects, Chambers Bay has already been the site of many state, regional and national championships, the most high-profile being the 2010 U.S. Amateur and 2015 U.S. Open. It also has hosted the 2017 Pacific Coast Amateur and numerous collegiate tournaments. This is the second time the municipal facility has hosted the Washington Men’s Amateur, with it previously being held there in 2013.
Founded in 1922, the WA Golf is a 501c4 non-profit, amateur golf association governed by men and women volunteers. Serving nearly 70,000 individual members at more than 550 member golf clubs and 270 golf courses throughout the state of Washington and Northern Idaho, the WA Golf works to continually expand the game of golf to people of all backgrounds.
WA Golf also serves as a statewide representative of the United States Golf Association and works closely with a number of allied associations within the golf industry for the betterment of the game.