After three separate qualifiers were held throughout the state, the field is now set for the 91st Washington State Men’s Amateur Championship, which will be held August 8-10 on the Rope Rider and Tumble Creek courses at Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum, Wash.
The championship and the qualifiers are conducted by the Washington State Golf Association (WSGA).
The three-day championship proper will consist of 54 holes of stroke play, with the field cut to the low 60 players and ties after 36 holes. The size of the field in the championship will be 120 players, 39 of which have earned exemption into the championship based on criteria previously set forth. The remainder of the field was filled with players who have qualified at one of the three qualifying sites.
The first round of the championship will be held on the Rope Rider course, with rounds two and three being held on the Tumble Creek course.
The sites of the three 18-hole qualifiers were the Olympic Course at Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash. (July 25), which had 37 players advancing; Wine Valley Golf Club in Walla Walla, Wash. (July 26), which had 14 players advancing; and The Home Course in DuPont, Wash. (July 28), which had 32 players advancing.
Pairings, tee times, live scoring and other updates for the championship proper will be available at www.thewsga.org.
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With the championship being held this year at the nationally-acclaimed Tom Doak-designed Tumble Creek course, site of several U.S. Open local and sectional qualifiers, as well as the Peter Jacobsen-designed Rope Rider course, the number of qualifying venues was kept to three in anticipation of an increase of entries, which was borne out as the WSGA received nearly 300 entries, vying for the 120 available spots to play in the championship proper.
The state’s premier men’s amateur championship, which is considered a counting event toward the World Amateur Golf Ranking, traditionally attracts the region’s finest players.
The state’s premier men’s amateur championship traditionally attracts the region’s finest players. Last year, Chase Carlson of Tacoma, Wash. battled through a six-hole playoff with Derek Bayley of Rathdrum, Idaho to win the title, with the championship held at Carlson’s home course of historic Tacoma Country and Golf Club.
In 2015, Charles Kern of Mercer Island, Wash. won the championship on his way to being named the WSGA Men’s Player of the Year. In 2014, University of Washington senior Tyler Salsbury of Enumclaw, Wash. held on for a one-stroke victory. In 2013, Cameron Peck of Olympia, Wash. dominated the field in winning by five shots, with the championship being held at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash. Peck would also win that summer’s Pacific Northwest Men’s Amateur and be named the 2013 WSGA Men’s Player of the Year. Five years ago, Chris Williams won by 10 shots on the Eagles Pride Golf Course at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Williams, from Moscow, Idaho, starred on the University of Washington men’s golf team, becoming at one point the No. 1-ranked amateur in the world, and would become the 2012 WSGA Men’s Player of the Year.
Past champions of the Washington State Men’s Amateur include Fred Couples, Alex Prugh, Brock Mackenzie, Kermit Zarley, John Bodenhamer, and PNGA Hall of Famers Al Mengert, Bud Ward, Jack Westland and Harry Givan, among many others.
Located 80 miles east of Seattle, the 6,400-acre Suncadia Resort, a Destination Hotel, features 254 guest suites and penthouses, a variety of upscale rental homes, several dining options, LEED Silver-Certified spa, three championship golf courses – Prospector, Rope Rider and Tumble Creek Club – swim and fitness center and conference facility. As Washington’s premier all-seasons mountain destination, Suncadia offers unlimited recreational activities throughout the year, including hiking, biking, fishing and horseback riding along with cross-country skiing, ice skating, sledding, tubing and snow shoeing. For more information on Suncadia, visit www.suncadia.com.