West Vancouver, B.C. – Jose Islas of Mexico and Jack Buchanan of Australia both shot rounds of 5-under 65 to grab a share of the lead after the opening round of the 56th Pacific Coast Amateur Championship, hosted this week at Capilano Golf and Country Club in West Vancouver, B.C.
Islas, currently the No. 94-ranked golfer in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR), started the day on fire, carding five birdies en route to a 5-under front-nine. He leveled off on the back with three birdies against three bogeys to finish the day with a 65.
No stranger to success on the big stage, Islas won the Mexican National Amateur earlier this summer and earned an invitation to the 2023 U.S. Amateur. He played one year of college golf at the University of Oregon before leaving the program after the 2022 season.
Buchanan is currently the No. 162-ranked golfer in WAGR. His round of 65 today included five birdies against zero bogies, making him one of just three players to go bogey-free on the day.
One of seven Australians in the field this week, Buchanan has participated in four Elite Amateur Series events so far this year. He made it to the second round of match play at the North and South Amateur.
In the Morse Cup competition, three teams are tied atop the leaderboard at 5-under par: the Arizona Golf Association, the Oregon Golf Association, and the Wyoming State Golf Association.
The Morse Cup team competition takes place concurrently during the first two days of the championship. There are 15 member Pacific Rim golf associations that comprise the Pacific Coast Golf Association, and each golf association selects three players to represent them in this team competition. The two top scores from each team in rounds one and two will count for the Morse Cup portion of the event.
- 19-year-old Cooper Jones of Highland, Utah, opened with a 4-under 66 and sits one shot back. He’ll be an incoming freshman on the BYU men’s golf team in the fall.
- Kazuma Kobori of Christchurch, New Zealand, the highest-ranked player in the field (WAGR No. 51), opened with a 4-under 66. He sits one shot off the lead.
- Nolan Thoroughgood of Victoria, B.C., shot a 2-under 68 and sits three shots back. His first-round score was the lowest among the 11 native Canadians in the field.
- Zach Place of Roselle, Ill., hit a hole-in-one on the 166-yard 11th hole using a pitching wedge. This was his first career hole-in-one.
- The 436-yard par-4 10th hole played as the toughest hole in round one. The hole saw just four birdies against 29 bogies or worse.
- Hole number five, a 521-yard par 5, played as the easiest hole in round one, yielding six eagles and a whopping 42 birdies.
Round two gets underway tomorrow (Wednesday) morning July 26th at Capilano Golf and Country Club Tee times begin at 7:30 a.m. local time.
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 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.