Those who came out to watch the Oklahoma Golf Association State Amateur Championship final between Oklahoma State teammates Hayden Wood and Austin Eckroat only need look at the first round leaderboard of the prestigious Pacific Coast Amateur at The Olympic Club in San Francisco to realize the quality of golf they witnessed.
Eckroat shot a first-round 6-under 65 to grab the first-round lead Tuesday, while Wood, who defeated Eckroat 3 and 2 to win the OGA championship, countered with a 4-under 67 and is tied for third. Teammate Matthew Wolff shot a bogey-free 68 and is tied for eighth.
The University of Oklahoma’s Brad Dalke opened with a 73 and is tied for 47th.
Eckroat, of Edmond, made short work of The Olympic Club – Lake Course in round one of the 72-hole event. He got off to an uneventful start, posting a front-nine one-under-par 34 with two birdies and a single bogey. Starting on the 10th is where his round took a complete u-turn in the positive direction.
The 2018 NCAA team champion, as a member of Oklahoma State, birdied five of his next nine holes, posting 34-32-65 (-6) in his first Pacific Coast Amateur.
Eckroat’s lead of two strokes hung on for majority of the day until Calgary, Alberta-native Emmett Oh, birdied his final hole to sneak into solo-second at -5 (34-31-66).
Five players sit in a tie for third at four-under-par, including three in the top 50 of the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR).
Andy Zhang of Winter Garden, Fla., Chun An Yu, of Tempe, Ariz., and Scarsdale, New York native Brandon Wu, all posted round-one 67’s. Joining them in the red numbers, two back of leader Eckroat, is William Gordon of Davidson, North Carolina and Wood, also of Edmond.
Gordon celebrated his first career hole-in-one on hole 15, propelling him to his position within striking distance of Eckroat and company, heading into round two.
Round two will begin tomorrow at 7:30am.
Held on an annual basis since 1967, with roots dating back to 1901, the Pacific Coast Amateur Championship boasts a rich history of showcasing some of the most talented golfers in the United States and Canada.
Past champions of the Pacific Coast Amateur who have gone on to successful professional careers include PGA Tour winners Aaron Wise (2015), Billy Mayfair (1987, 1988), Jason Gore (1997) and Ben Crane (1998) as well as Web.com Tour winners Michael Putnam (2004) & Andrew Putnam (2010).
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ABOUT THE PACIFIC COAST AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
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.