Drew McCullough of Richland, Wash. and Reid Hatley of Hayden Lake, Idaho both finished high on the leaderboard at the 91st Mexico International Amateur Championship, held June 7-10 at the Club de Golf Mexico in Mexico City.
With rounds of 73-70-73-74, Hatley finished tied for sixth in the strong international field of 144 players; while McCullough finished tied for 12th after rounds of 75-77-70-72.
In the championship, there was a 54-hole aggregate score team competition called the “International Mexican Pairs Tournament” within the 72-hole individual competition. As a team, Hatley and McCullough finished third out of 31 teams.
McCullough and Hatley were selected by the Washington State Golf Association to represent Washington. They were selected by the WSGA Championship committee based on a combination of standings on the WSGA Men’s Performance Points List and each players WAGR Ranking.
Hatley was named the WSGA Men’s Mid-Amateur Player of the Year in 2015, 2016 and 2017. In 2017, he had top-5 finishes in the WSGA Men’s Mid-Amateur, PNGA Men’s Mid-Amateur, Oregon Open Invitational, Stocker Cup and Royal Oaks Invitational. He also was a qualifying medalist at a U.S. Amateur Qualifier.
McCullough just completed his senior year at the University of Wyoming, where he starred on the men’s golf team, posting five top-20 finishes during the year. Last year he won the Washington Open Invitational, and received invitations to compete in the Pacific Coast Amateur and Sahalee Players Championship. He intends to turn pro the day after the Mexican Amateur.
Luis Fernando Barco of Peru won the championship, finishing at 5-under par, being the only player to finish under par. He won by five shots over second-place finisher Alvaro Ortiz of Mexico.