Sean Kato went wire-to-wire in winning last year’s Washington Men’s Amateur and returns this year to defend his title in the 100th Washington Men’s Amateur, to be held July 6-8 on the Olympic Course at Gold Mountain GC in Bremerton, Wash.
Sean is entering his fourth year on the men’s golf team at Oregon State University, but because of a shoulder injury and the 2020 season canceled due to COVID-19, he still has two years of eligibility remaining. Prior to enrolling at Oregon State, Sean won the 2017 Washington State Junior Championship, and led his Redmond High School squad to the 2017 4A State Championship. He was selected for Team Washington in the Junior America’s Cup for three years, leading the team to the title in 2016.
He qualified for and played in the 2021 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, held in May at Chambers Bay and The Home Course. Because his partner, Oregon State teammate Jackson Lake, withdrew to compete with the OSU team in the NCAA Championship (Kato was not eligible because of lost time due to a shoulder injury), Sean had the unusual experience of having to play solo in the Four-Ball.