West Vancouver, B.C. – Capilano Golf and Country Club in West Vancouver, B.C. (Canada), will host many of the top amateur golfers in the world this week for the 56th Pacific Coast Amateur Championship.
Hosted by British Columbia Golf, the championship will be played from July 25-28, 2023. Hosting previously in 2003 and 2013, this marks the third time the championship has been held at Capilano Golf and Country Club.
The Pacific Coast Amateur is one of seven events that make up the Elite Amateur Golf Series (EAGS), in which players earn World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) points and compete for the Elite Amateur Cup. Top finishers earn exemptions into USGA Championships, PGA TOUR events, and Korn Ferry Tour events.
Recent Pac Coast champions include Will Zalatoris (2016), Doug Ghim (2017), Isaiah Salinda (2018), Quade Cummins (2019), Devon Bling (2021), and James Leow (2022). Other past champions that went on to have success on the PGA TOUR include Aaron Wise, Andrew Putnam, Jason Gore, Billy Mayfair, and Ben Crane, among others.
The championship routinely attracts the top amateur players from around the world. It remains the West Coast’s elite-level event that is circled on all amateur golf calendars in North America and around the globe. This year’s championship includes players from 10 different countries and Puerto Rico.
Notable players in this year’s elite field include:
- Kazuma Kobori of Christchurch, New Zealand, the No. 51 ranked amateur in the world (WAGR), is currently ranked 5th in the Elite Amateur Cup standings. Kobori won the 2023 Australian Amateur Championship and is coming off of a T7 finish at the Southern Amateur last week.
- Jeffrey Guan of Sydney, Australia, the No. 56 ranked amateur in the world (WAGR), held the 36-hole lead and finished T3 in last week’s Southern Amateur. He is a member of the Golf NSW High Performance Squad.
- Davis Bryant of Aurora, Col., the No. 84 ranked amateur in the world (WAGR), is currently ranked 7th in the Elite Amateur Cup standings. Bryant, who recently completed his final season on the Colorado State University men’s golf team, finished T4 at the Northeast Amateur and made the quarterfinals at the North & South Amateur.
- Petr Hruby of Pilsen, Czech Republic, the No. 96 ranked amateur in the world (WAGR). He recently completed his senior season on the University of Washington men’s golf team. Hruby won the 2023 R.E.L. Invitational and finished top-20 at the NCAA Auburn Regional.
- Neal Shipley of Pittsburgh, Penn., the No. 159 ranked amateur in the world (WAGR). He finished 2nd in both the Sunnehanna Amateur and the Trans-Mississippi Amateur Championship. Shipley had five top-20 finishes and one top-10 during the 2022-23 collegiate season as a member of the Ohio State University men’s golf team. He was named a 2023 PING All-America Honorable Mention.
Much of the recent success of the championship can be directly attributed to the quality of the venue, and 2023 will continue that tradition as the championship returns to Capilano Golf and Country Club for the first time in 10 years.
“The Pacific Coast Amateur Championship has a long-standing tradition of combining strong competition and camaraderie among some of the most talented amateur golfers in the world,” said Stephen Butterfield, the club’s President. “The tournament and Capilano share a rich history and we are honoured to again host such a renowned event.”
Troy Andrew, Executive Director of the Pacific Coast Golf Association said, “We are thrilled to be back at Capilano once again for the Pacific Coast Amateur and we are confident that the course will do its part in identifying the best player as our champion this year. The quality of our field and our ability to regularly recruit the game’s best amateur golfers is directly attributed to the reputation and quality of the host venue. We are extremely thankful to the membership of Capilano Golf and Country Club for their support in hosting this championship.”
About Capilano Golf and Country Club
Capilano Golf and Country Club combines natural beauty with world-class design to offer an exclusive golfing experience. Carved out of the rainforest and designed by the renowned Stanley Thompson, generous treelined fairways, artistic bunkers and spectacular greensites make Capilano challenging and enjoyable. The course is consistently recognized as one of the top golf courses in Canada and the world. Capilano is consistently ranked as #1 in British Columbia and in the top ten in Canada. In 2018, Capilano was #51 in Golf Digest’s “World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses (outside of the United States)”. For more information visit capilanogolf.com.
About the Pacific Coast Golf Association
The Pacific Coast Amateur Championship is one of the oldest and most prestigious amateur golf championships in North America. The first tournament was held on the links of San Francisco Golf Club at The Presidio in 1901. After being played until 1911, the Pacific Coast Amateur then ceased to exist, only to be reconstituted at Seattle Golf Club in 1967. Today, 15 member Pacific Rim golf associations comprise the Pacific Coast Golf Association.
About the Elite Amateur Golf Series
Launched in 2022 to challenge the best of the best in amateur golf, the Elite Amateur Golf Series brings together the top amateur championships in a collective series of competition, the Elite Amateur Cup. In addition to hosting the best players, Elite Amateur Cup events are contested at the best sites and have the longest history of successful champions. The Elite Amateur Golf Series maintains a proven track record that prepares elite players for the toughest competitive tests, making the championships the majors of amateur golf. For more information visit eliteamateurgolfseries.org.