The Pacific Coast Amateur, a 72-hole championship involving members of 16 state and regional golf associations, kicked of its 2012 event Tuesday at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Oregon. High winds and tough course conditions greeted the 80 participants, and first-round scores reflected that challenge. No player was able to break par during the first round of play Tuesday, with only two able to shoot an even par round of 70. The strong winds caused the median score for the field to be 79, and only 36 players shot 80 or better.
Within the individual stroke play competition is a team competition, in which each of the 16 golf associations choose a three-man team in advance of the tournament. The best two of three scores in each of the first two rounds count for the team total. The SCGA faired well Tuesday, sitting in second place on the Morse Cup Leaderboard, behind only the Pacific Northwest Golf Association. A round of 4-over par 74 by Jake Knapp (pictured) of Costa Mesa and a 6-over par by UCLA's Anton Arboleda accounted for the first day's score. Manav Shah of UCLA is the third member on the team, but struggled to a Tuesday score of 83. Shah, however, was at a bit of a disadvantage, as he wasn't able to play a scheduled practice round Monday due to travel issues.
Knapp's score of 74 tied the low score of any SCGA member competing. Maxwell Marsico of Roger Dunn GC and Ramsey Sahyoung of USC matched Knapp's 74, which is currently good enough for a tie for eighth place. Knapp is coming off of a sixth place finish at this past weekend's SCGA Amateur Championship.
Full first-round scores can be found here.
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