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The Walker Cup Connection

Among the prominent individual champions are many who have played on Walker Cup teams: Dr. Ed Updegraff, Mike Brannan, Ron Commans, Mark Pfeil, Lindy Miller, John Fought, Mike Gove, Billy Mayfair, David Berganio, Jr., Todd Demsey, Randy Sonnier and Jason Gore.

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Four Pacific Coast Amateur Competitors Among 2011 Walker Cup Invites

Several past Pacific Coast Amateur competitors, including reigning champion Andrew Putnam of University Place, Wash., were among 16 players invited by the USGA to an early January practice session for the 2011 team at Old Memorial GC near Tampa.

Other Pacific Coast Amateur participants also receiving invites were UCLA Freshman Patrick Canlay, UCLA Junior Gregor Main and Stanford sophomore Andrew Yun. Main finished T5 in 2010 and Yun finished in 4th in 2009. Cantlay, played in his first Pacific Coast Amateur in 2010 and finished T29, but as a junior golfer he won numerous titles including the prestigious Boys Junior Americas Cup and Hogan Cup.

For Putnam, a senior at Pepperdine University,this gives him an opportunity to follow in the footsteps of his older brother Michael, who also won the Pacific Coast Amateur and played on the Walker Cup team.

Three Walker Cup veterans those invited. Peter Uihlein, Bud Cauley and Nathan Smith were all members of the triumphant 2009 team at Merion GC. Combined, they posted a record of 9-1-1. Uhlien, who captured the 2010 U.S. Amateur title at Chambers Bay, is currently the No.1 ranked amateur in the world. Smith is a three time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion. Cauley, ranked No. 35 in the world, is presently a junior at the University of Alabama.

Also invited were Auburn sophomore Blayne Barber, San Diego junior Alex Ching, Stanford junior David Chung, Georgia senior Harris English, Kent State senior John Hahn, Georgia senior Russell Henry, Illinois senior Scott Langley, and Augusta State junior Patrick Reed.

A surprise pick was high school senior Jordan Speith, from Dallas. Missing is 2009 Walker Cup member Morgan Hoffman, who is expected to turn pro after the NCAA Championship next June.

The 10-man U.S. Walker Cup team will be captained by 1981 U.S. Mid Amateur champion Jim Holtgrieve. The match will be held at Scotland’s Royal Aberdeen Golf Club next September.

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About the Pacific Coast Amateur

Although its modern history dates only from 1967, the Pacific Coast Amateur Championship's roots make it one of the oldest amateur golf championships in American history.  On April 6, 1901, the San Francisco Chronicle reported, "after many setbacks, the Pacific Coast Golf Association has at last been formed, and before the end of the present month the coast will possess a bona-fide golf champion."

"One of the first steps," the article continued, "was the formation of the Northern California Golf Association, on the lines similar to the Southern California Golf Association, which has been holding tournaments for several seasons." The article went on to say, "These two associations being organized, the next step was to unite and form the big association, whose range it was intended shall be the entire Pacific Slope.

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About the Morse Cup

The Morse Cup Team Competition has been held as part of the Pacific Coast Amateur Championship since the tournament's rebirth in 1967. Each association that belongs to the Pacific Coast Golf Association designates three players as its Morse Cup team. The best two of three scores each day during the first two days of the 72-hole championship count for the team score.

The Morse Cup team trophy was donated by Samuel F. B. Morse, founder and developer of Pebble Beach Company and Pebble Beach Golf Links.

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Past Champions

Several individual champions have gone on to play on the PGA Tour including John Fought, Billy Mayfair, Ben Crane, Brian Henninger, Mike Reid, Alex Prugh, Jason Gore, Michael Putnam and James Lepp.    Others have gone onto prominent careers in golf including golf course architecture (John Fought), Golf Academy's (Jim McLean) and golf administration (Mike Davis).

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PCGA Member Associations

The Pacific Coast Golf Association is comprised on 16 State/Regional Golf Associations.

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