Nevada Teams Annually Represent Nevada in Pacific Coast Amateur
Players who have—and continue to play—in the prestigious Pacific Coast Amateur include some of the best golfers not only in Nevada, but the Western United States and the world. Several past champions and competitors have played in the Walker Cup and still others have gone on to play on the PGA TOUR, including some with ties to Nevada.
Robert Gamez, who grew up in Southern Nevada, played in the Pac Am prior to winning multiple titles on the PGA TOUR. Ryan Moore, a 4-time All-American at UNLV, also played in the Pacific Coast Amateur, but didn’t represent the SNGA as he grew up in Washington prior to playing for the Rebels. Moore is also a multiple winner on the PGA TOUR.
Annually, two teams, one from the Northern Nevada Golf Association and one from the Southern Nevada Golf Association, represent the state and the Nevada State Golf Association in the tournament. Although its present history dates only from 1967, the Pacific Coast Amateur Championship’s roots make it one of the oldest amateur golf championships in American history.
The inaugural Pacific Coast Amateur was held on the links of San Francisco Golf Club at The Presidio, April 24-27, 1901, and was held annually through 1911 before not being played again until 1967, when it was held at Seattle Golf Club, where the 50th playing of event is being held in 2016.
Teams from Nevada have won the Morse Cup three times. The Morse Cup team trophy was donated by Samuel F. B. Morse, founder and developer of Pebble Beach Company and Pebble Beach Golf Links.
Up until 1996, one team represented both the northern and southern parts of Nevada. In 1995, the Nevada team won the title. The players on that team were future PGA Tour player Craig Barlow along with Frank Acker and Ryan Mitchell. They tied with the team from the Northern California Golf Association for the prestigious title.
The 1998 championship team from the Southern Nevada Golf Association was made up of Las Vegas Golf Hall of Famer Brady Exber and two young stars from Southern Nevada, Billy Harvey and Mike Louden.
The 2001 Southern Nevada Golf Association team was made up of Doug Pool, Brady Exber and Billy Harvey.
Link to official Pacific Coast Amateur website (http://www.pacificcoastamateur.com/index.php)
How to qualify
Each Pacific Coast Golf Association member association is afforded three exemptions into the Championship. Individuals who are members in good standing of a PCGA member association may inquire with their association about the manner in which they may obtain such an exemption. Please inquire with each association about their respective criteria for exemptions.
The NNGA and SNGA hold point races to determine the players who will represent the organizations annually.
The Championship field is limited to 84 players comprised of individuals invited by the President and Recruiting Committee and individuals representing PCGA member associations. Entries are subject to rejection at any time, including during play of the Championship, at the discretion of the Management C