News from the Final Round
Quade Cummins of Weatherford, Okla. shot rounds of 67-66-65-66 to win the 53rd Pacific Coast Amateur Championship, held this week at the Championship Course at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M.
Cummins entered the day with a comfortable three-shot lead, but didn’t let his foot off the gas. The Oklahoman carded three birdies against no bogeys on the front nine, but was matched by playing competitor Blake Windred of Australia who remained three shots back and the only player still within striking distance.
After the turn, it was all Cummins.
“I had a three shot lead after nine,” said Cummins, “then I went birdie, par, birdie, and it kind of separated me a little bit.”
The hot start on the back all but sealed the deal as Windred made double bogey on the 10th and fell six shots off the pace.
Things never got closer than four shots coming down the stretch as Cummins played steady to maintain the lead.
“I’ve never really been in a zone like that,” said Cummins, “I was just hitting to 20 feet and I was able to roll some in this week. This is definitely one of my better putting weeks. Golf’s funny, last week I felt like I was playing the same and I finished around 40th, but just having some putts fall can change everything.”
Finishing in second place was Blake Windred at 16-under par for the championship.
Rounding out the top five were, Matthew McCarty of Scottsdale, Ariz. at 13-under and Sam Choi of Anaheim, Calif. and Riley Casey of Abilene, Tex. who finished at 11-under par.
- Two players tied for the round of the day with a 6-under 65, Matthew McCarty and Connor McKinney of Australia.
- Defending champion Isaiah Salinda finished T15 at 5-under for the championship.
- 57-year-old Greg Condon of Monte Vista, Colo. shot 1-over today to finish T15.
- University of New Mexico men’s golf team member Sam Choi finished T4.
ABOUT THE CHAMPIONSHIP COURSE AT UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
Since it was officially opened in 1967, The Championship Golf Course has been one of the finest facilities of its kind nationwide. It has been nationally recognized by Golf Digest as one of the top-25 public courses in the country, and in January of 1991 Golfweek rated all public and private courses in the country by state, and dubbed The Championship Course the No. 1 course to play in New Mexico. In 1998, Golfweek tabbed The Championship Course No. 2 in the West, behind only the Stanford University Golf Course in Palo Alto, Calif. The Championship Course is no stranger to major tournaments. It was the site of the 1950, 1976 and 1992 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships as well as the 1998 NCAA Championships. In 1987 the course was the sight of the women’s NCAA championship. More information can be found by visiting unmgolf.unm.edu.
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. More information about the association and the Pacific Coast Amateur can be found at www.pacificcoastamateur.com.