Humphreys, Tibbits, Stember Represent OGA at 53rd Pacific Coast Amateur
Brian Humphreys (Washougal, Wash.), Spencer Tibbits (Vancouver, Wash.) and Nate Stember (Portland) were selected to represent the Oregon Golf Association at the 53rd Pacific Coast Amateur Championship hosted by the Sun Country Amateur Golf Association (SCAGA). The event will be held July 23-26 at the 7,562-yard, par-72 Championship Course at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.
The Morse Cup will be held the first two days of the Pacific Coast Amateur. The top two scores from the three players on each team will count toward the team score.
Humphreys will be a senior at Boise State University this fall. Tibbits, who is coming off an appearance at the 2019 U.S. Open and a win in the 110th Oregon Amateur Championship, is a rising junior at Oregon State University. Stember, who recently wrapped up his senior year at Lincoln High School, will join the University of Oregon men’s golf team this fall.
The Pacific Coast Amateur routinely attracts players from around the world with resumés boasting illustrious victories in other jewel amateur golf events, and it remains the West Coast’s elite level event that is circled on all amateur golf calendars in North America and around the globe. The Pacific Coast Amateur has regularly received an “A” strength ranking by the World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR), provided by the R&A and USGA.
Most recent champions include Aaron Wise of Lake Elsinore, Calif. (2015), Will Zalatoris of Plano, Tex. (2016), Doug Ghim of Arlington Heights, Ill. (2017), and Isaiah Salinda of San Francisco, Calif. (2018).
In 2018, Isaiah Salinda held off one of amateur golf’s most competitive fields to capture the 2018 Pacific Coast Amateur Championship at The Olympic Club – Lake Course. The highlight of the week was in the third round when Salinda made birdie on more than half of his holes, posting a new competitive course record of nine under par 62. Salinda went on to be a semifinalist in the 2018 U.S. Amateur at Pebble Beach.
The Championship Course at the University of New Mexico has been nationally recognized by Golf Digest as one of the top-25 public courses in the country. It has been the site of numerous regional and national NCAA championships, including several Division I Men’s Golf Championships. The Championship Course has also been the home to the William H. Tucker Invitational (second-longest running college tournament), and in 2018 it hosted the 64th incarnation of the event. The course has also been home to a few Western Athletic Conference Men’s Championships.