FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Recent Saint Mary's graduate Dalan Refioglu joins 86 elite golfers from six different countries this Tuesday through Friday at the 48th Pacific Coast Amateur Championship at Pine Canyon Club.
Sitting adjacent to the picturesque Coconino National Forest on 600+ acres of private property, the par-72, 7272 yard Jay Morrish designed Pine Canyon Club will host the 72-hole, four-day stroke play competition. The winner is awarded the Dr. Ed Updegraff trophy as champion of one of the Pacific Coast's most historic golfing events.
A native of Foster City, Calif., Refioglu finished in a tie for 23rd in last year's event with a 6-over par 286. Last week he qualified for the 2014 United States Amateur Championship, scheduled for August 11-17 in John's Creek, Ga.
Returning to the City of Flagstaff for the first time since 2001 when Corey Prugh won at Forest Highlands GC, the Pine Canyon Club will be making Pacific Coast Amateur history with it's inaugural hosting of the event. The venue will be challenged by a field packed with a number of future, current and former NCAA standout athletes, some of who currently rank in the top 100 on the World Amateur Rankings (WAGR) and Scratch Players (S.P.).
"Our Championship takes pride in the strength of the field we invite to compete, " stated Drew Woods, President of the Pacific Coast Golf Association, the organizing body for the Championship.
"There is no doubt the Pine Canyon Club will be a challenging yet fair test of golf for the contestants in this years' Championship and we couldn't be more excited for the 48th installment of the Pacific Coast Amateur to be hosted by the Arizona Golf Association in Flagstaff next week."
Play for the 72-hole stroke play Championship will begin on Tuesday, July 22nd at 7am with practice rounds being held the two days prior. Play will conclude with the eventual champion being crowned on Friday, July 25th 2014.
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. In recent years, players from across the world have sought to compete in the event, including this year when players will be representing New Zealand, Chile, France and Australia.
Past champions of the Pacific Coast Amateur who have gone on to successful professional careers include PGA Tour winners Billy Mayfair (1987, 1988), Jason Gore (1997) and Ben Crane (1998) as well as Web.com Tour winners and brothers Michael Putnam (2004) and Andrew Putnam (2010).
Follow along with this years' Championship on social media using Twitter handle @pacificcoastam , Instagram @pacificcoastam and Facebook /pacificcoastamateur using the official hashtags #PACCoast and #PineCanyon
ABOUT THE PACIFIC COAST AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
Although its present history only dates from 1967, the Pacific Coast Amateur Championship's roots make it one of the oldest amateur golf championships in American history. The first tournament was held on the links of San Francisco Golf Club at The Presidio, April 24-27, 1901. Championships were held annually through 1911, all being conducted in California except for the 1909 championship, which was held at Seattle Golf Club in Washington. The Pacific Coast Amateur then ceased to exist, only to be reconstituted at Seattle Golf Club on August 10-12, 1967 with the Pacific Northwest, Northern California, Southern California, Oregon and Arizona golf associations participating. Today, 15 member Pacific Rim golf associations comprise the Pacific Coast Golf Association. For more information visit www.pacificcoastamateur.com or follow on social media @pacificcoastam using #PACCoast.
ABOUT PINE CANYON
Located adjacent to the Coconino National Forest, Pine Canyon is a 600+-acre, private, luxury golf course community in the high country of Flagstaff, Arizona. Offering stunning views of the San Francisco Peaks, Pine Canyons boasts an award-winning 35,000-square-foot clubhouse and 18-hole championship golf course designed by renowned golf course architect Jay Morrish. Real estate offerings at Pine Canyon include detached mountain cabins, paired homes, townhome trios and custom estate homes and homesites. Pine Canyon is a development of The True Life Companies. The Pine Canyon golf course and clubhouse are professionally managed by Troon Golf.