Fink, Rawitzer Lead PNGA To 2012 Morse Cup Title
July 25, 2012
BANDON, Ore. - Oregon State golfers David Fink and Matt Rawitzer and UNLV sophomore-to-be Carl Johnson won the Morse Cup Team Competition at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort on Wednesday, which was conducted concurrently with the first two rounds of the 46th Pacific Coast Amateur Championship.
Fink, Rawitzer and Johnson made up the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA) team and finished the 36-hole competition with a 7-over 145-146--291 to win by one stroke over the Washington State Golf Association. Beaver golfers Nick Chianello and Nick Sherwood played with Jesse Heinly, a rising junior at Concordia, on the Oregon Golf Association team and finished in a tie for fifth place with an 18-over 159-143--302.
The Morse Cup Team Competition has been held as part of the Pacific Coast Amateur Championship since the tournament's rebirth in 1967. Each of the 16 state, regional and provincial associations that comprise the Pacific Coast Golf Association (which administers the championship) choose a three-man team in advance of the tournament. The team's best two scores in the first two days of the 72-hole championship count for the team score.
The Pacific Coast Amateur Championship, which is one of the most important amateur golf championships, features 80 of the world's top amateurs, including a number of state, provincial and regional golf association champions from throughout the western United States and Canada.
The 72-hole event doesn't have a cut and is played Tuesday through Friday with the first and third rounds at the par-70, 6,832-yard Bandon Trails layout and the second and fourth rounds at the par-72, 6,966-yard Bandon Dunes course.
Through 36 holes, Rawitzer leads the Oregon State contingent with a 1-over 72-73--145 for a tie for fourth place, while Fink is tied for seventh with a 4-over 73-73--146, former Beaver golfer Alex Moore is tied for 11th with a 6-over 73-75--148, Chianello is tied for 16th with an 8-over 81-69--150 and Sherwood is tied for 22nd with a 10-over 78-74--152.
Chianello, Rawitzer and Sherwood will be seniors and Fink will be a junior on Oregon State's men's golf team this coming fall, while Moore concluded his collegiate career this past spring with a scoring average of 72.94, the fifth best in school history.
About the Pacific Coast Amateur
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, 16 member Pacific Rim golf associations comprise the Pacific Coast Golf Association.
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